Miami's Toxic Parks: Leaders Ignore Problems Beyond Coconut Grove

After locals were stung by the revelation that Miami leaders have known for two years that toxic ash is poisoning the Coconut Grove neighborhood surrounding its long-closed "Old Smokey" trash incinerator, city officials wasted little time last week confronting the latest environmental crisis.

Just four days after learning that soil tests in nearby Blanche Park turned up traces of dioxins, arsenic, barium, lead, and other deadly contaminants -- presumably from deposits of incinerator ash -- City of Miami crews swooped in with an assuring show of force, carting away truckloads of toxic soil and paving the excavated area with a foot of asphalt.

See also: Coconut Grove's Blanche Park Poisoned: Ancient Incinerator May Be the Cause

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David Villano