The Environmental Protection Agency has begun a $5.9M environmental remediation project at Clark Field in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The project involves placing a two foot barrier of topsoil between the contaminated soil and what people will come into contact within the park. Contaminates in the park include lead, arsenic and other carcinogens. EPA’s Stephen Wolfe says that adding clean soil on top is far more cost effective than digging out contaminated soil that may go twenty feet deep.
EPA release No. 19-OPA021, (May 30, 2019), Resume Cleanup at Tremont Field in Cleveland, Ohio states:
This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will resume cleanup at Tremont Field, commonly referred to as Clark Fields Park, to address soil contaminated with lead, arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
EPA will excavate and re-grade impacted areas of the park. Clean soil will be hauled in as EPA begins installing a two-foot barrier on top of re-graded areas to make the park safe for recreation and restore green areas.
EPA has been coordinating with local entities and projects and does not expect the federal cleanup to limit use of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath which runs through the park. The city of Cleveland requested EPA’s assistance to clean up the 41.5-acre park after an environmental assessment discovered high levels of contamination.
Environmental remediation is the process of cleaning up soil and water to reduce damage caused by pollution. Hazardous pollutants may be caused by industrial waste, accidental spills or a buildup of pollution over time.
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