Soil testing set to begin on toxic plot of land in Dunbar

Posted at 6:57 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 07:19:47-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Four in Your Corner is still pushing for answers about a piece of land in a Fort Myers community that was once used as a toxic dumping site.

More testing will begin Wednesday morning near the corner of South Street and Henderson Avenue in Dunbar, where residents are one step closer to finding out if they’re still living near the toxic land. 

The space was once used as a dumping ground for a water treatment company back in the 60's, before homes were built around the area.  But ten years ago arsenic was found in the soil.

Residents we spoke with say they're concerned about what the testing may reveal.  “We are unaware of the danger that this could have placed all of us in over a period of time.”

“This should've been brought up way before now. Way before now.”

Over the summer the Department of Environmental Protection conducted further testing on the soil.  The underground water was also tested and city officials say they didn’t find any signs of contamination. 

City officials say the round of testing that begins Wednesday will be more conclusive.