An extensive project to remove contaminants from a lot in Lexington will soon be underway.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to EPA spokesman Chris Whitley:

Chris Whitley

“This is the site where a coal gas manufacturing plant was in operations from approximately 1887 to 1924,”said Whiteley,”so it’s been quite awhile since there was activity there, but there is contamination in the soil as a result of the former manufacturing activity.”

The site of the project is currently owned by KCP&L and has undergone evaluations by both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Contaminants found on the site include polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon compounds, arsenic, lead and benzene.  The removal is expected to begin near the end of July and continue through late fall of this year.