The EPA has awarded Joplin with $2.4 million of federal funds for testing and cleanup of contaminated soil.
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.
|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 has announced it will give Joplin $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with its contaminated soil issues.
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.
|Description: "Its up to the city of Joplin to prioritize those properties. Essentially what they'll be looking for are areas frequented by children."|
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
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