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Potential Hazardous Waste Triggers Investigation

Date: September 13, 2007
By: Carly Robertson
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The potential release of hazardous materials has one St. Louis City plant teaming up with the state.

Carly Robertson has more from the state Capitol.

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Sigma-Aldrich is a biochemical production facility in St. Louis City.

Along with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources the plant is taking steps to ensure hazardous materials are not emitted from their facility. 

The two have entered into a Letter of Agreement that gives the facility steps to conduct a cleanup investigation. 

George Bleazard, director of environmental health and safety for the company, says these measures are solely preventative and that currently there is no potential harm.

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Description: "We really took the initiative to identify the management plan to ensure that we are protecting our employees,and the public and the environment." 

Now that the agreement has been made the public has a chance to comment and voice their concerns.

Once the plan is approved the company can begin their investigation.

From the state Capitol, I'm Carly Robertson.


Intro: One St. Louis City biochemical plant is taking steps to prevent the release of hazardous materials.

Carly Robertson has more from the state Capitol.

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A Letter of Agreement was made between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Sigma-Aldrich of St. Louis City.

The biochemical plant teamed up with that state to ensure hazardous materials are not being leaked from the facility.

The agreement lays out the roles and expectations both the department and the plant would have in the event there is cause for cleanup action.

George Bleazard, , says this agreement is part of an ongoing effort to keep their facility safe.

Actuality:  BLEAZAR2.WAV
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Description: "We are constantly observing our practices to make sure that again we are not doing anything that would be disruptive to the environment or possibly effect our employees and the public. So yes,it would be an ongoing management of that plan and implementing that plan as agreed by the DNR once it is finalized."

A similar agreement was enacted with Dow Chemical in Missouri in 2005.  

From the state Capitol, I'm Carly Robertson.