- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a former auto equipment site near Paragould has been removed from the list of Superfund sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment.

The EPA says the Monroe Auto Equipment Company used the site to dispose of sludge that came from the company’s manufacturing plant in Paragould from 1973 to 1978. The EPA estimates that more than 10,000 cubic yards of sludge was disposed of in sand and gravel pits.

The site was added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites in 1990. Cleanup and excavation at the site was completed in 1999, and environmental officials have been monitoring the groundwater since then.

The EPA announced Wednesday that no further action is needed at the site.

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