Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:34 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 5:52 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Stage one of the Hazel Bazemore cleanup project is complete, but now the worry is whether the thousands of tires removed from the area contaminated ground water.
In 2008, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required Nueces County to remove more then 8,000 tires from the park that were discovered as officials cleaned up illegally dumped items. The tires were put in place decades ago to stop erosion.
In the next three months, the county will install wells to allow the monitoring of ground water in park.
If the tests come back okay, the county can move ahead with the final stage of the cleanup process, which includes a environmentally friendly solution to soil erosion.
However, if groundwater pollution is found, the county may have to request cleanup funds from the federal government.
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