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Cleanup Continues Downtown After Steam Pipe Rupture

Environmental cleanup workers sprayed down the north side of the Lucas Lofts between Tucker and 11th street in Downtown St. Louis Saturday in an effort to wash off any asbestos fibers.

The asbestos came from a steam pipe leak that sent pressurized steam, dirt and asbestos fibers into the air Thursday morning before rush hour.   The break was below 11th Street just south of Convention Plaza.  Workers were also due to clean the back of the Globe building.  All the waste water was collected and filtered to remove any contaminants.

Air monitors installed in a one block area showed no sign of airborne asbestos according to the St. Louis City Health Department.

Crews dug up part of 11th Street to expose the steam pipe.  At times they had to dig by hand to work around fiber optic cable and other utilities.  Actual repairs won’t begin until Monday on the twenty inch pipe.

The downtown steam loop provides heat to office buildings and hotels.  It is owned by Trigen St. Louis Energy Company.  Dan Dennis, a regional vice president with Trigen said only two customers remained without heat on Saturday afternoon.



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