EPA starting massive $3M removal of park’s lead-contaminated soil

The U.S. EPA today is set to start preparing for the massive removal of lead-contaminated soil at a Miami Twp. park.

The agency will begin bringing in earth-moving equipment to take away more than 6,000 tons of soil from the 7.5-acre park and one adjoining private property, said Rachel Bassler of the EPA’s Chicago office.

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“We’re going to be mobilizing some of our heavy equipment on site to start to begin the soil cleanup,” Bassler said, noting excavation may not begin this week.

The federal EPA is overseeing the removal and replacement of the dirt after high concentrations of lead were found in and around the Cordell Drive park in early 2016. The park has not been reopened since late 2015, when it closed for the season.

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How big is the cleanup?

$3 million: U.S. EPA's estimated cost for entire Layer Park cleanup project.

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6,750: Tons of soil estimated to be removed during project.

120: Number of working days the EPA estimates the project will take to complete.

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60: Test results showed the highest levels of soil contamination were this many times above levels considered safe.

32: Number of private properties adjacent to the park the EPA sought to test. About 25 landowners consented, with high concentrations found on one site.


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