EPA to begin cleanup of Dayton-area park in spring 2017

(WDTN Photo/Fred Taylor)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to launch its $3.1 million cleanup of a lead-contaminated park near Dayton next spring.

Tree removal at the park is expected to begin this year and soil remediation won’t get underway at the 7.5-acre site in the spring of 2017.

The park has been closed since last spring after the Ohio EPA detected high levels of lead in its soil. Some tests found nearly 60 times the acceptable amount.

EPA officials say the agency is thinking of starting the removal of more than 6,700 tons of contaminated soil in March or April of next year.

The process will involve roughly 600 heavy-duty trucks at the former home to a shooting range.

The park is jointly owned by Miami Township and Montgomery County.

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