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Herculaneum Residents Encouraged to Move Out

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – State and federal officials are warning Herculaneum residents to move away from the nation's largest lead smelter.

They say lead is slowly re-contaminating the soil and air in the Jefferson County town.

But some longtime residents say they can't afford equivalent housing elsewhere.

The Doe Run Company is offering a buyout to residents who live within a certain radius of the smelter.

Officials say people should take advantage of the offer.

But some residents say they had lived near the 111-year-old smelter all of their lives and didn't want to move.

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