(PARK HILL, Mo., AP) — A three-year cleanup project is nearing an end at a popular Missouri state park that is on the site of a shuttered lead mine.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1rnE3sL) the cleanup project at St. Joe State Park in St. Francois County is almost done. About 563,000 people visited the park last year.
The park is known for its sand flats, hills and 2,000 acres set aside for all-terrain vehicles.
Officials say the state park sits on land that once included a dump for mine waste called tailings. Park signs warn visitors the tailings may pose a health risk.
A 2011 agreement between a natural resources company and a Missouri department has allowed the park to remain open. The business is leading the $8.2 million cleanup.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com