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Coalition asking EPA for more time to evaluate cleanup options for Carter Carburetor Superfund Site

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The above map depicts Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (right), across the street from the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site, a former gasoline and diesel carburetor manufacturing plant which closed in 1984.

A coalition of St. Louis City residents is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for more time to evaluate cleanup options for the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site on the city's north side.

The former gasoline and diesel carburetor manufacturing plant once owned byACF Industries has dangerous levels of several toxic contaminants, including PCBs and asbestos.

Environmental justice advocate Romona Taylor Williams says she and other north side residents have asked EPA to provide an independent contractor to help them interpret the more than 600 page technical report about the site.

"The independent contractor would provide the community with the scientific technical assistance that we need in order to evaluate, and to empower ourselves with the proper information to effectively comment," Taylor Williams said.

According to an EPA statement, agency representatives met with several citizens’ groups earlier this week and intend to provide further answers to their questions as soon as possible.

EPA plans to hold more sessions for the public to provide input on cleanup options in the future, and said it will continue to accept written comments after the official comment period ends on January 31.