Oct. 27, 2014 03:18

EPA Cleans Up Mukluk Preserve

The Environmental Protection Agency has pledged to clean up the Mukluk Preserve in Sprague, Connecticut. The effort involves clearing toxic materials from the area’s soil. In addition to the cleanup effort, the EPA also plans to introduce new vegetation, wood chips and soil to the area.

A former shooting range, the Mukluk Preserve is contaminated with lead and arsenic. The tainted soil could erode and threaten nearby homes and wetlands. “The hazardous substances, mainly lead, pose an immediate direct exposure threat and/or potential exposure,” EPA officials wrote in a recent study. “Direct exposure to surface contamination in the majority of areas in the site is occurring.”

The project is scheduled to last 18 months, beginning in October. The EPA has allotted $5.7 million to the cleanup. “If anybody had reservations about using the site because of lead or arsenic, that will go away,” said William Warzcha, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Eastern Remediation District Supervisor, who requested the EPA intervention. “It’s truly a beautiful piece of land worth protecting.”

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