Grad student cleans contaminated water in Rolla

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Erica Collins, a grad student at Missouri S&T. Photos by B.A. Rupert

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Dr. Curt Elmore, associate professor of geological engineering, joins Collins at Busy Bee Cleaners.

For decades, it was routine for dry-cleaning operations to pour chemicals down the drain. Unfortunately, some of those chemicals ended up contaminating groundwater.

And that’s what happened years ago at the Busy Bee laundry facility in Rolla. But, thanks to the efforts of Erica Collins and others, a comprehensive clean-up is under way.

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