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Lead-Contaminated Soil Found At Detroit Park

March 24, 2018 - 8:31 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says lead-contaminated soil was found at Collins Park on Detroit's east side, where city crews were installing playground equipment.

The EPA says workers found a layer of blue soil mixed with demolition debris, which appears to have been used as fill at the site. Lead contamination was also found in a soil pile left from the playground excavation.

Cleanup of the contaminated soil is expected to take about six weeks to complete. Once the contaminated soil is removed, the city will will backfill with clean soil and complete restoration of the park, along Mound Road and Talbot Street.

Lead poisoning has been linked to brain development problems in children.