Miami to bury contaminated soil under clean soil at parks

All city parks have been tested since toxins found in 2 last year

MIAMI - 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.

New grass, artificial turf or recycled rubber mulch will top the fill.

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.

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