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Project beginning in Newton County to haul mining waste to superfund site in Granby, MO

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A project just beginning in Newton County will eliminate mining waste at several locations throughout the county, hauling it all to be capped off at one superfund site in Granby, MO.

Officials say the work will not only make these sites compliant with regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, but also less of an eyesore to the community.

Just south of Granby lies the largest mining repository in Newton County, at 120 acres.

Jerry Tuggle owns much of the land surrounding the site, where his father worked as a miner in the 1940's.

"It's kind of a dumping ground, might as well clean it up," Tuggle said.

The county currently owns the site, where lead and zinc counts are higher than EPA would like.

In a four to five year project, mining waste from other parts of Granby, as well as sites in Diamond, Spring City, Spurgeon, Stark City and Wentworth, will all be hauled to the designated superfund site.

"They'll actually remove the material from those other small sites to where it's a non-issue, and they'll haul it here," said Alan Cook, Newton County Commissioner.

Phase one of the project, which is expected to take about two years to complete, involves removing mining wastes from sites in Spring City, Spurgeon and other parts of Granby, along with some preparation work at the superfund site.

Phase two will entail hauling material from the other smaller sites, and then ultimately capping off everything.

"The repository will be covered with 12 inches of red clay, six inches of black top soil, and then seeded in grass," Cook said.

County commissioners say the project will be a huge improvement, entirely on EPA's tab.

"No cost to the county, other than just the maintenance when it's all finished, just the oversight, the mowing and the annual inspection," Cook said.

While some expressed concern over the government spending for the project, neighboring residents we spoke to did not object to the plan itself.

Bids on the project are expected to go out within the next 30 to 45 days, with work at the sites beginning late summer or fall.
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