Portsmouth, EPA negotiate cleanup agreement

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 9:09 AM

PORTSMOUTH (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.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-10-14-13 1257GMT

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