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EPA adds Dico to immediate cleanup list


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday included the Des Moines Dico site on a list of 21 sites around the country that should be cleaned immediately. The news release from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt didn’t indicate whether cash was available for the work. However, the EPA is working with the city of Des Moines, the local school district and the former Dico plant’s owners to clear the site for the development of a planned police station and possibly a stadium for the school district. “By elevating these sites we are sending a message that EPA is, in fact, restoring its Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the agency’s mission,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Getting toxic land sites cleaned up and revitalized is of the utmost importance to the communities across the country that are affected by these sites,” he said. The Dico site is on the Superfund list because of a long-standing cleanup of solvents on the site. Read the full news release.

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