- 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.

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


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