August 10, 2010 - Arsenic and pesticides have been found in two areas at Phipps Ocean Park, and the cost to remove it could range from $500,000 to $600,000, Public Works Director Paul Brazil told the Town Council Tuesday.
More areas may need decontamination as well, he said.
"It isn’t the Love Canal, but we have a contamination issue that we need to deal with," Brazil said. "We don't know the extent of it right now."
He said high concentrations of arsenic and dieldrin, a chlorinated pesticide, were discovered in soil and groundwater samples taken during the removal of a diesel fuel tank and underground waste-oil storage tanks at the town's waste-water pump station at Phipps.
The fuel tank, used to operate an emergency generator, and the storage tanks were replaced as part of an improvement project.
A contractor placed temporary fencing around the main contaminated area — the grounds immediately surrounding the pump station — after the contamination was detected, Brazil said.