EPA Superfund Program: WASHINGTON COUNTY LEAD DISTRICT - POTOSI, Potosi, MO

Superfund Site Profile

The Washington County Lead District – Potosi Site includes soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment contaminated with arsenic, barium, cadmium and lead associated with historical mining practices in southeast Missouri. The Potosi area encompasses about 47 square miles in the northeastern part of Washington County, Missouri. Remnants of mining activities throughout the area include strip mines, mineshafts, mine dumps, tailing areas, tailings ponds and associated dams. There are several large tailings impoundments, associated dams and leachate ponds with elevated levels of lead present at the site. Site investigations and cleanup are ongoing.


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Not Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No