Contaminated soil found in So. Fla. park
COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials are taking action to keep visitors safe after contaminated soil was found at one South Florida park.
Toxins were found in the soil at Blanche Park in Coconut Grove. The news is causing a major concern for some parents. "Absolutely not," said concerned father Marc Allen when asked if he was bringing his daughter back to the park, "not because of paranoia but because she's the most important thing to me."
City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said the City of Miami along with the Department of Environmental Resources tested the soil in August, and the results were surprising. "It's heavy metals, copper, led, a little bit of arsenic. It's not things you want," said Sarnoff. "The good news is it is 6 inches to 1 foot below the surface that is now covered by asphalt."
"Find out if the land that we're walking around on is toxic or not," said Allen. "If it's no, let's use the parks, and let's do everything. If it is, let's clean it up."
The entire park is covered with artificial turf, but it's the dirt that worries Allen. "A bunch of those kids were eating that dirt. My daughter wasn't one of them, but I would panic right now if she had been on of the ones eating it," Allen said.
Testing has been done in the park recently, but Sarnoff said he thinks the park is safe to use. "So far, all the testing that has been done in the park's soil has come back negative, but what they are going to do is now in deep soil samples, they're gonna go probably about 18 inches to two feet down," said Sarnoff.
Sarnoff is still awaiting the soil test results.
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