Meramec Caverns Suspends Tours Due to Air, Water Contamination

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Meramec Caverns, a major tourist attraction in Missouri, is temporarily closed off to visitors due to unsafe levels of TCE, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The show cave has been temporarily closed since March. (Photo Credit: Belleville News-Democrat)

Article courtesy of KAITLYN SCHWERS | April 1, 2016 | Belleville News-Democrat | Shared as educational material

Meramec Caverns confirmed that it is temporarily closed until further notice due to what the Environmental Protection Agency believes to be unsafe levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminating the cave air and groundwater as well as its entry building containing a restaurant and gift shop. TCE is described by the Agency of Toxic Substances & Disease Registry as a colorless liquid “mainly used as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts.” Read more online:

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