steam pipe

Under the Streets
6:25 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Past meets present in hidden world under St. Louis streets

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

When a 20-inch steam pipe buried 15 feet under the streets of St. Louis burst two weeks ago, most people focused on the potential health hazards in what was blown skyward.

But the blast got St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann thinking - what’s under the streets that we don’t know about until it’s revealed?

This is what she found out.

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Steam pipe rupture
11:14 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tests find no asbestos near steam pipe rupture, some streets reopen today

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Some streets around a ruptured steam pipe in downtown St. Louis are open again today after final test results for no risk from asbestos.

As we reported earlier this morning, the first 14 swabs from the north wall and balconies of the Lucas Lofts building and from the ground along Lucas Avenue came back negative for asbestos last night. City health director Pamela Walker tweeted around 10:15 am that the final 10 samples taken from the south wall of the Globe building were also negative.

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Morning roundup
8:22 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)
(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Tests near steam pipe rupture show no asbestos

The St. Louis city health department says tests from buildings around the site of a ruptured steam pipe have come back negative for asbestos.

The 20-inch pipe ruptured last Thursday morning, sending a plume of steam into the downtown air, along with possible asbestos.

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Steam Pipe Rupture - Asbestos
5:20 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Health Department: Health risk 'minimal' following downtown steam pipe rupture

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Updated 3:54 p.m. with comment from Walker

We have an update on that steam pipe rupture that happened in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning.  The City of St. Louis Department of Health says that "while swab samples have indicated small amounts of ground level asbestos, air quality tests have come back clean."

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