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Fort Myers to clean up Dunbar sludge site

Posted at 7:53 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 19:53:13-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fort Myers City Council moved to approve a plan to clean up the South Street toxic sludge site, Tuesday.

The fenced in South Street site is a piece of city owned land where for decades, the government dumped lime sludge laced with arsenic. Residents found out about the toxins last summer.

The council voted on a plan to complete the removal of residual sludge, Tuesday. A city spokesperson said this includes clearing and excavating the site, moving and disposing the sludge, environmental inspection, and testing the site. The contract also grants the city access to three lots on the site that were not city owned, where sludge migrated over the years.

The plan will cost $3,958,000 and will be paid for with the city's utility fund.

Work on the site will begin after the rainy season.