ellisville site


The Ellisville Site consists of three nearby non-contiguous subsites: the Bliss property, the Callahan property, and the Rosalie property. Initial investigations at the site focused on these three properties. During the investigations, an additional four contaminated properties were discovered adjacent to the Bliss Property and were added to that subsite. During the 1960s and 1970s, Russell Bliss owned and operated the Bliss Waste Oil Company, a business engaged in the transportation and disposal of waste oil products, industrial wastes, and chemical wastes. These wastes were disposed of in pits, drums, and on the surface of properties around the company's headquarters in Ellisville. The Bliss property subsite is located in western St. Louis County and covers approximately 11 acres of land. Developed portions of the subsite include the Mid- America Arena and associated buildings and stables. The property is drained by Caulks Creek, which empties into a tributary to the Missouri River. Pits were dug on the property and were used for industrial waste disposal. Drums of wastes had been buried, and liquid wastes had been dumped on the ground. The Callahan property is an 8-acre tract of land located approximately one-quarter mile from Ellisville. Drummed liquid and solid wastes were disposed of on the property during the 1970s. The Callahan subsite is situated on a steep-walled gully that drains into a tributary to the Missouri River. The Rosalie property is a portion of an 85-acre tract of land. Drummed liquid and solid wastes were disposed of in and near creeks draining this subsite. A housing development now is located near the Rosalie subsite. Approximately 1,000 people live within a 1- mile radius of the subsites; 5,000 live within 3 miles. Residents rely on drinking water drawn from private wells and the public distribution system. Roughly 265 wells exist within 1 mile, and 789 wells are located within 3 miles of the sites.

Hazardous Ranking Score

0 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 7
Phone: (913) 551-7003

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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