Coldwater Creek’s cleanup has been ongoing for more than 20 years, but clearly the remediation efforts haven’t been enough. In 2021, the Army Corps of Engineers pushed back the completion date for the cleanup to 2038.

“This has been in our community for over 80 years,” said Bernaugh to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We expect the school board to make the agencies responsible for this to come in and clean it up.” For now, next steps for the school, its students, and the community are unclear.