DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some Des Moines school officials are eying a Superfund site near downtown Des Moines for construction of a multi-use stadium.
The proposed stadium would be built on the former Dico Inc. manufacturing plant site, one of the state's most environmentally troubled sites. Building on the site — prime riverfront property with views of the downtown skyline — would hinge on brokering a deal between the site's current owner and environmental regulators, who have been fighting in court for years.
Decades ago, industrial chemicals linked to cancer leaked from the Dico plant into the city's water supply, landing the site on the federal government's Superfund list.
Superintendent Tom Ahart says the stadium project will move forward only if the health risks are eliminated.