EPA: Final cost of Miami Twp. park cleanup about half of $3M projected

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EPA: Final cost of Miami Twp. park cleanup about half of $3M projected

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Final numbers indicate the U.S. EPA’s cleanup of Layer Park in Miami Twp. cost just under $1.5 million, about half of the estimated total. FILE PHOTO

The Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup of a Miami Twp. park closed for lead-contaminated soil cost about half of the $3 million estimated for the project.

Final figures for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work at Layer Park came in at just under $1.5 million, according to agency spokeswoman Rachel Bassler.

The Superfund project that helped keep the 7.5-acre park on Cordell Drive off limits from April 2016 until earlier this month involved the removal of about 5,724 tons of soil, including some taken from a home whose samples showed high concentrations of lead, according to the EPA.

The soil totals are about 1,000 tons fewer than initially projected.

The site was cordoned off in April 2016. An Ohio EPA official said high lead levels in soil at the park were initially discovered three years earlier but overlooked in what Michael Proffitt, the chief of the Ohio EPA’s division of environmental response and revitalization, called “a big mistake.”

The state asked the federal agency to assist. Soil in the yards of more than two dozen homes surrounding the park were tested, with only one property showing above acceptable readings, records show.

The park is now open to walkers, although the gates are still closed with signs posted indicating a spring 2018 opening, according to Miami Twp. Public Works Director Dan Mayberry.

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