Missouri Will Return $575,000 To Feds

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to give $575,000 originally earmarked for two new state parks back to the federal government.

The money intended for Jay Nixon State Park and Eleven Point State Park is now going back to the U.S. Department of Interior.

The money came from a nearly $1.8 billion lead mine bankruptcy and cleanup settlement involving 11 states, including Missouri. Part of Missouri’s settlement money went toward buying the two parks in 2016 and doing ecological restoration and management at both sites.

The state agency believes the money should have been used to more directly clean up lead mine sites in eastern Missouri, said spokeswoman Connie Patterson.

“We believe it is the right thing to do to return these unused Natural Resource Damage funds to the ASARCO Trustees to be used for projects with a greater nexus to the original areas that were harmed,” she said this week.

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