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 media outlets 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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