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Study Recommends Improvements for Old Landfill

A study released today shows that an old landfill in San Diego’s Mission Bay does not threaten the environment or people’s health. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The four year study found no significant discharge of pollutants from the Mission Bay Landfill into Mission Bay. The landfill in the South Shores Park area near Sea World is not contained or lined. City Councilmember Donna Frye started the investigation because of concerns the landfill might be leaking into the bay.

Frye: It may have been that there was leakage and it may have been that whatever was in that was going to leak has already done so.

Frye says the report recommends that additional soil cover be added in the eastern part of the landfill to decrease the chance of harmful landfill gases coming to the surface. Recommendations also include limiting future construction in the area and converting the area into grassy park land. The closed Mission Bay landfill was a dump site for toxic materials for many years before more strict federal and state standards for landfills were put into place. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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