Fort Reno Closed After High Levels Of Arsenic Reported
POSTED: 2:43 pm EDT May 14, 2008
UPDATED: 2:45 pm EDT May 14, 2008
WASHINGTON — Fort Reno Park is closed to the public after high levels of arsenic were reported, according to the National Park Service.
U.S. Geological Survey satellite imaging reports discovered the arsenic. The reports were part of USGS’s ongoing work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Spring Valley neighborhood in Northwest.
The levels of arsenic found in the soil exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety threshold.
At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, snow fencing was set up around the park, which is bounded by Fessenden, Chesapeake and 41st streets and Nebraska Avenue.
Groups with permits to use the Fort Reno playing fields have been notified of the closure.
The National Park Service, EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, D.C. Department of Health and D.C. Public Schools are working together to determine any possible public risk and discussing courses of action.
National Park Service officials said they had no reason to suspect the high levels of arsenic and therefore did not conduct their own soil sampling or testing.