DES MOINES, IOWA — The Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Des Moines say the DICO superfund site could be cleared of contaminated buildings and ready for redevelopment by the end of the year.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan was joined by Des Moines Mayor Frank Cowne and Iowa DNR Director Kayla Lyon to announce an update on the removal of the environmental hazard, industrial eyesore and roadblock to redevelopment. The EPA says the City of Des Moines should formally take possession of the site on MLK Parkway along the Des Moines River sometime this month. The EPA will then bring in contractors to safely demolish two superfund buildings. The city will then handle the remaining demolition.
Mayor Frank Cownie says that work should be done later this fall. He can foresee the site being ready for redevelopment in the Spring of 2022. That development plan is expected to include a professional soccer stadium.
The site is the former home of a manufacturing facility that created metal wheels and processed herbicides and pesticides. It was declared a Superfund site in the 1980s due to the high levels of ground pollution. Titan and the federal government have fought for decades over the cost of cleaning up the pollution.