Contaminated parks cleaning

Miami OKs millions to clean contaminated parks


MIAMI, Fla – The city of Miami has an $11 million plan to treat and reopen parks where soils showed elevated levels of toxins.

All 112 city parks have been tested since toxins were found in two parks last year. A total of seven parks were closed or partially closed for cleanup.

Deputy City Manager Alice Bravo says that in the tainted parks, officials plan to bury the contaminated soil beneath 2 feet of clean fill. She says it's the same protocol followed by Miami-Dade County.

County officials say such barriers over contaminated soil are permitted by federal and state environmental rules. Bravo says the city can't afford the steep costs of removing the tainted soil entirely.