News Release 189

Abandoned petroleum underground storage tank site in McGirk receives clean up through Recovery Act Funds

Volume 38-189 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 1, 2010 – Mark N. Templeton, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, was in McGirk today at an abandoned petroleum underground storage tank site being cleaned up through funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The site is located on Hwy 50 just 0.3 miles west of Hwy PP in Moniteau County. The site was formerly known as Miller's Service Station and closed in the early 1990s.  The underground storage tanks have since been abandoned with no viable responsible party to address the contamination.

The department received $3.254 million through the Recovery Act to address abandoned underground storage tank sites in Missouri such as the site in McGirk. The department and the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund selected eligible sites that do not have a responsible party or funding to receive the Recovery Act funding. The priority given to these sites will allow the state to assess and clean up these sites, allowing the areas to once again become an economically viable and functional part of local communities.

“Assessing and cleaning up the sites not only will provide economic stimulus to the consultants and subcontractors doing the physical tank work, but also will have farther reaching and sustainable positive economic impacts,” said Templeton. “Future redevelopment of sites can spur the creation of jobs, expand existing businesses, create new businesses and clear the way for communities to redevelop and reuse these properties.”

The department hired a private contractor to evaluate and clean up this site. The first step was a site characterization, which is an evaluation that can include soil testing and a review of historical documents, like real estate records. This information is used to determine current conditions, including the presence of any contamination.

The contractor will work to remove the source of the contamination which could include contaminated soil. The department will then evaluate the soil and groundwater and if it is determined the site no longer poses an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, the department may be able to issue a No Further Action Required letter for the site.  The letter indicates that, according to the site characterization, the site is ready for redevelopment.

Abandoned underground storage tanks can pose environmental threats and economic development barriers for the redevelopment and reuse of properties. Because of real or perceived contamination at these sites, developers, banks and other lending institutions are hesitant or unwilling to invest in the property. Distribution of the Recovery Act funds by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Tanks section will help to remove those barriers at a number of potentially contaminated sites.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit recovery.gov. For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit transform.mo.gov. For more information on underground storage tank sites in Missouri, contact the department's Hazardous Waste Program at 800-361-4827 or visit the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/tanks/tanks.htm.

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