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EPA budgets $2.4 million for Joplin to clean up lead-tainted soil

October 04, 2012|by Linda Russell, KY3 News | lrussell@ky3.com

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin is getting $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with soil contamination.  The Environmental Protection Agency says the money is to help test and clean up soil that was contaminated with lead and cadmium during the tornado in May 2011 that killed 161 people.
 
The tornado and subsequent structural demolition also disturbed soil at properties built in areas containing mine waste or that used mine waste during construction.
 
The $2.4 million comes from EPA's Superfund program.  It will go toward replacing contaminated soil and restoring yards at dozens of homes, parks, playgrounds and other city sites over the next three years.
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We'll have more details on this on KY3 News reports on Thursday evening.

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