News Release 615

State of Missouri to receive $1.7 million to clean up former GM site in Kansas City

Volume 38-615 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO OCT. 20, 2010 - The State of Missouri will receive access to $1.7 million in funds from the General Motors bankruptcy settlement to cover costs associated with cleaning up the former Leeds Assembly Plant in Kansas City.

The settlement, negotiated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office is part of the broader, nationwide GM bankruptcy settlement announced today.

GM manufactured automobiles at the 117-acre Leeds facility for nearly 60 years and those activities left a legacy of pollutants, particularly related to the disposal of paint wastes on the site. The main contaminants of concern are lead, arsenic, benzene and beryllium.

The $1.7 million allocated for the Leeds cleanup will cover necessary remediation activities, such as site investigation, soil and drum removal, maintenance of a protective asphalt cap and groundwater monitoring.