Missouri Officials Call Meeting to Discuss Chromium Contamination

Publication Date 11/06/2010
Source: Kansas City Star (MO)

Nov. 05–State officials will host a meeting Tuesday to discuss the results of sampling of tannery sludge on farms in northwest Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency began an investigation last year after Cameron residents raised concerns about a high number of brain tumors.

During the investigation it was learned that a St. Joseph tannery had been spreading sludge on farm fields in the region that contained chromium for years. The sludge was being used as a fertilizer.

The public meeting will be in the St. Joseph City Hall council chamber on the third floor, 1100 Frederick Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the public will have the opportunity to ask DNR, EPA and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services staff one-on-one questions.

A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information call DNR at 573-751-1010.

— Karen Dillon, kdillon@kcstar.com.


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