Missouri agency faces audit over cleanup oversight

The Missouri Auditor's office will review the Missouri Hazardous Waste Program following newspaper reports that exposed oversight concerns involving cleanup of the former Carondelet Coke site in St. Louis.

Stories in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch raised concerns about the cleanup that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. A spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich told the Post-Dispatch ( ) that two auditors will spend at least four months reviewing records of the Hazardous Waste Program.

The Post-Dispatch investigation found that the Missouri Department of Economic Development had committed $12.3 million to the cleanup. Former owners Laclede Gas Co. and SGL Group were paying $471,250 and Carondelet Coke owner J. Donald Crane was paying nothing.

The 42-acre site is considered to be among the most polluted land in the state.