East St. Louis Brownfield Redevelopment Begins

The $19.5 million cleanup of the site of the former Alcoa plant in East St. Louis is underway to prepare the 400-acre property. Brightfield Development LLC plans to build a $65 million, 20-megawatt solar farm at the site that the Massachusetts-based company said will generate enough electricity to power about 4,000 homes. An EPA spokesman said Alcoa, the City of East St. Louis and the Alton and Southern Railroad are responsible for the cleanup, which will include a two-foot soil cover over approximately 120 acres. Construction began in March and is expected to continue through summer 2015.

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