Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Propane Tanks Plan Recalls 1993 Scare

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Propane Tanks Plan Recalls 1993 Scare

Article excerpt

During the Flood of '93, dozens of propane tanks broke loose at a south St. Louis pipeline near the Mississippi River. Fearing that thousands of homes might be leveled, the city evacuated 12,000 residents.

Now one of the biggest employers in south St. Louis wants to install three, 30,000-gallon propane tanks in a residential area. The tanks would be two blocks from the Mississippi River in a flood plain.

On Wednesday, City Hall gave preliminary approval to the company, Alumax Foils Inc. at 6100 South Broadway in the Carondelet neighborhood. The plant manufactures aluminum products; the company says it needs propane as a backup heating source.

John Koch, city zoning administrator, said nobody wanted a repeat of the 1993 propane tank scare. "But we also don't want to jeopardize 350 jobs in the city," he added.

Koch said Alumax would spend $1 million to install the tanks and protect them on 52-foot platforms designed to withstand earthquakes, surrounded by fences so they can't break loose and float into the river. …

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