Praxair has rejected a property offered by the City of St. Louis, Missouri, US, as a possible alternative site for Praxair Distribution\\$quot;s industrial and medical gases distribution facility.

The industrial gas giant had a massive fire and explosion in June last year and is seeking to repair its facilities until it finds a new location.

The company received a letter beginning of December from the office of the mayor offering a site in Hazelwood near Lambert International Airport.

'Praxair\\$quot;s review of this site shows that this property and land surrounding it is contaminated with various materials related to the Manhattan Project and is on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency\\$quot;s National Priority list for clean-up,' said Wayne Yakich, president of Praxair Distribution.

'Praxair is not interested in building a new facility on a floodplain within a Superfund site where, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has indicated, there may be risks of radiological exposure,' Yakich said.

Yakich said that Praxair was continuing to evaluate other alternative sites to its fire-damaged Chouteau Avenue facility.