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Soil tests at soccer field reveal low levels of arsenic

June 06, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The soil testing at the new county-owned soccer field that has been closed because of possible contamination revealed that low levels of arsenic are in the soil.

After finding glass and metal pieces on the new 60-by-100-foot regulation field and learning the property was once a salvage yard, the commission closed the soccer field for safety reasons in April, and hired Potesta Engineering and Environmental to conduct soil sampling.

The field is across from Morgan Field, the county ball field complex on U.S. 522.

"It's a good report," Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said at Thursday's meeting.

The two wells on the field were tested and the water is fine, Swaim said.

Morgan County Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said she spoke with Dave Corsaro at Potesta Engineering, who told her the arsenic found in the soil was below industrial level.

She said Corsaro thought the soil tests were good, but he was more concerned about the hazard of having metal and glass fragments in the soil samples.

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She said Corsaro recommended remediation by putting a geo-tech barrier on top of the field and adding six inches of soil on top.

"He said it will take care of both the arsenic and physical problems," Hutchinson said.

The written findings will be sent to the commission, Hutchinson said.

She suggested if any questions need to be answered, the commissioners could speak with Corsaro by conference call at their next meeting.

Hutchinson said after reviewing the report and determining the costs involved, the commission will make a decision.

"If it is too expensive, the soccer field cannot be used," she said.

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