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Town Evicts Residents for Cleanup of Lead

January 16, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of residents will be moved out of Herculaneum while crews clean up homes and yards contaminated by a lead smelter that has operated since the 1890s, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

The town of some 2,800 people is the site of the Doe Run Co.'s lead smelter, the nation's largest. Tests over the years have found often dangerous levels of lead in soil, on streets, inside houses, in schools and elsewhere in Herculaneum, 30 miles south of St. Louis.

About 100 households will be affected, said EPA spokeswoman Hattie Thomas.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Saturday January 19, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
EPA--A headline in Wednesday's A section incorrectly stated that the Environmental Protection Agency was evicting residents of Herculaneum, Mo., in order to clean up lead contamination in their homes. The program is a temporary voluntary relocation.

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