EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Metro East Superfund Site

The old American Zinc Plant Site in Fairmont City has been a top priority since 2016

Alex Degman
May 21, 2018 - 9:30 pm
The old American Zinc Plant Site in Fairmont City, Ill.

Alex Degman / KMOX


FAIRMONT CITY, Ill. (KMOX) -- Work continues to clean up The Old American Zinc Plant superfund site in Fairmont City.
It's fenced off, overgrown and you'd go right past it on Kingshighway if you didn't know exactly what you're looking for. That's because the land's been vacant for more than 50 years. No zinc has been smelted there for more than 65.

It's also an EPA superfind site -- designated as such due to high levels of lead, arsenic, zinc and more discovered during soil testing in the 1990s. It was made a national priority two years ago, the long term remediation continues this summer and fall. The EPA will conduct more soil tests to determine the next steps.

Those curious about the project are invited to a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Fairmont City Community Center on Cookson Road -- it's happening from 5 to 7:30 p.m.