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The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to hold a community meeting after soil testing revealed contamination near 50 homes in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

The Environmental Protection Agency found signs of contamination—like heavy metals and pesticides—in every yard it tested near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Park Hill. After letters were sent to homeowners, community activists complained that many questions were left unanswered.

The EPA has agreed to hold a community meeting with affected residents in the next 30 days, after encouragement from District 6 Councilman David James. The agency still hasn’t said what it intends to do about the contamination, which is high enough in nine of the properties that the soil may have to be removed and replaced.

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