- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

CENTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The Doe Run Co. is working with several governmental agencies to address sinkhole problems at a mine site in eastern Missouri.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri (https://bit.ly/1qqJAyj ) reported that in addition to two sinkholes at the West Fork mine site in Reynolds County, Doe Run has acknowledged surface settling and surface cracking. The company also recently announced it had successfully filled in three other sinkholes that first appeared in April.

Active lead mining is not taking place at West Fork, and no injuries have been reported. Still, the sinkholes have raised concerns among some neighboring residents, who worry that similar sinkholes will start showing up around their homes and businesses.

Steve Batts, divisional general manager for Doe Run, says the cause isn’t yet clear, but that the areas are being monitored.

“We are actively monitoring for added movements and are seeing very little change,” Batts said. “Once we have an extended period of time with minimal movement, we should be able to continue geotechnical studies to determine the cause of the issue.”

Doe Run said its action plan includes removing processing materials and chemicals from buildings; working with governmental agencies to redirect part of a stream channel to make it easier to manage excess water; and continuing daily monitoring of the site, including a dam, streams and roadways.

“While we don’t expect additional issues to occur, we do recognize that the ground may possibly continue to settle,” Batts said.

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Information from: Daily Journal, https://dailyjournalonline.com

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