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Popular NJ park closes due to toxins

December 22, 2011 11:24AM

A popular 40-acre Teaneck, N.J. park was shuttered indefinitely after toxic chemicals were found in a routine test drilling, according to MSNBC. The closure of Votee Park affects five baseball and soccer fields, a basketball court and two children’s playgrounds. The Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCBs, and other toxic chemicals were found several feet underground when one of the soccer fields was being prepared for an artificial turf. The park was closed a few days ago and more testing and drilling will be required to determine the extent of the pollution, Township Manager William Broughton said. “We know that fill was brought in in the ’80s, and fill was probably brought in in the ’30s,” and was likely not ever tested. He added that the park would likely open by next summer. [MSNBC]

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