Soil from around the Oakland Heights single family rental houses in Kansas City was found to have lead contamination above EPA's recommended cleanup level. The owner of the Oakland Heights rental houses voluntarily entered into an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources to clean up the lead contaminated soil. The department approved the cleanup plan and will be overseeing cleanup activities. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has reviewed the cleanup plan as well.
All Oakland Heights I single family rental houses will have 12 inches of clean soil brought in to cover the yards. Some areas will have up to 12 inches of contaminated soil removed in addition to being covered with 12 inches of clean soil. The cleanup of contaminated soil is being paid for by the site developer. Residents are not responsible to pay for any of the soil cleanup activities.
Cleanup work, which includes removing of contaminated soil from around rental houses, is expected to start in late October and last through spring 2012.
A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Gregg Klice Community Building, 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way from 6 to 8 p.m.