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Portsmouth, EPA negotiate cleanup agreement

Monday - 10/14/2013, 10:00am  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) -- Portsmouth city and school officials are negotiating an agreement with federal regulators to clean up a contaminated property.

If approved, the agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency wouldn't cost any local tax dollars.

Deputy City Manager Nita Mensia-Joseph tells The Virginian-Pilot ( ) that the agreement would allow the EPA to dump contaminated soil from the Elizabeth River onto the 5-acre tract. The EPA would then clean up all the contamination and demolish seven structures on the property. The land would be sold once the four-year project is completed.

Mensia-Joseph says the property was contaminated when the school district acquired it. A cleanup would cost the school district $3 million to $5 million.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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