Superfund Site Profile
The Washington County Lead District – Richwoods Site includes soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment contaminated with arsenic, barium, cadmium and lead associated with historical mining practices in southeast Missouri. The Richwoods area encompasses about 45 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.