MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Several small mountains of arsenic-tainted sand stored at a Miami Beach park site is now being moved back to the luxury condominium construction site from where it came.
The developer, Faena, is paying for the re-transport, according to a spokesman for Miami Beach administration.
City officials had agreed to take the developer's spoils as a source of free fill for the park renovation project in a neighborhood west of the beachside development on 34th Street and Collins Avenue. Some of the sand also came from a state Department of Transportation project.
But after homeowners near the park complained about foul odors and dump truck traffic, environmental testing revealed the presence of arsenic in the sand -- about four times acceptable levels.
Miami-Dade County environmental staff approved the Faena construction site for temporary storage of the tainted sand until it can be reused as fill in a roadway project.
Environmental workers said the arsenic does not pose a danger to the public unless ingested in significant quantities.
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