Environmental officials to discuss sludge probe

State and federal officials have scheduled a meeting to discuss their investigation of the use of chromium-tainted sludge as farm fertilizer in northwest Missouri.

A St. Joseph tannery distributed the sludge free to farmers in parts of northwest Missouri.

But the former Prime Tanning plant is facing at least four lawsuits over concerns that the sludge contained chromium 6, a known carcinogen. Some fear the sludge is tied to brain tumors among people in the Cameron area.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri’s health and natural resources agencies scheduled a meeting Wednesday to discuss their findings with the news media. The meeting takes place at the EPA’s regional office in Kansas City, Kan.