- Associated Press - Sunday, October 15, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Youth soccer fields at a Columbus park are once again in use after the city spent more than $2 million to place a cap over soil contaminated with arsenic and other toxins.

The Columbus Dispatch reports teams from the Kids Inner-City Developmental Soccer league returned to the park in September for the first time since 2013. The newspaper reported then that play on the contaminated fields continued despite a 2012 report about contamination.

The city has since spent $2.3 million to cap the contamination with 2 ½ feet (0.6 meters) of soil and a grass covering.

A fertilizer manufacturer that closed in 1970 is suspected of having contaminated the park and neighborhood.

Testing in 2014 found high levels of arsenic and other toxins at eight nearby homes.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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