EPA awards Joplin with $2.4 Million for Contaminated Soil Testing
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

EPA awards Joplin with $2.4 Million for Contaminated Soil Testing

Date: October 4, 2012
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
State Capitol Bureau

The EPA has awarded Joplin with $2.4 million of federal funds for testing and cleanup of contaminated soil.
RunTime:  0:43
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: More than a year after the devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, the city is now left to deal with soil contaminated by the lead and cadmium in the ground disturbed by the tornado.

Spokesperson for the EPA's Midwest region Chris Whitley says the funding will help the city in testing the soil at homes, parks and other areas frequented by children.  

Actuality:  WHIT3.WAV
Run Time:  00:14
Description: "The idea is essentially where you can to place barriers between human beings and contaminated soil, and or remove the contaminated soil." 
The EPA estimates that 1500 to 2000 areas may need soil remediation.
Reporting from the state Capitol, Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX. 
The EPA has announced it will give Joplin $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with its contaminated soil issues.
RunTime:  0:42
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Recovery efforts in Joplin as the city must now test for soil contaminated with lead and cadmium stirred up from the deadly May 2011 tornado.

Spokesperson for the midwest region Chris Whitley says residential areas, parks and playgrounds are among the sites likely to be targeted for soil testing as children bear the highest risk of exposure to the contaminents.

Actuality:  WHIT2.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "Its up to the city of Joplin to prioritize those properties. Essentially what they'll be looking for are areas frequented by children."
The EPA estimates that 1500 to 2000 areas may need soil remediation.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.