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The specter of environmental cleanup could halt the city's plans to develop an inland port at the former McDonnell Douglas plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering giving Superfund status to the 421-acre site next to Port Columbus International Airport. This action would mean the site would not be available for development for about four years.
"We would consider it a lost opportunity," said Patrick Grady, administrator of the city's economic development division. "The holding costs would be substantial."
The U.S. Air Force has used the site as a military aircraft plant since the World War II era. McDonnell Douglas closed its manufacturing operation there March 4.
The Air Force has put the land and buildings on …