LA plans $8M housing project toxic cleanup

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Efforts to redevelop a notorious South Los Angeles housing project are literally starting from the ground up.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1eGc9Ei ) says the city expects to spend up to $8 million to haul away dirt contaminated with lead, arsenic, oil and cancer-causing industrial chemicals from the site of a former steel factory and truck repair shop. The site will be used in a $1 billion effort to convert the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 apartments.

The city Housing Authority hopes to start work this spring.

However, some critics say the contamination may be more widespread and they want more testing.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com