The city of Hattiesburg needs the public's input to clean up a contaminated site.
The city must apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2013 Grant regarding more than 57 acres located in east Hattiesburg. According to the Hattiesburg Grant Coordinator, Brett Benson, the $200,000 grant will fund the cleanup of city owned property, that contains pollutants including arsenic and lead in surface soils.
Benson says the area was used as a solid waste landfill, that closed in the 70s'. Benson says once the city receives the funding they will create a non-permeable barrier, and enclose the contaminates so it can't bleed off. Benson says the goal is to turn the area into a useful property.
"The goals of the Brownfields Program is also to bring those properties back into usefulness, so they are actually generating, from a city's stand point sales tax, maybe something can actually be put on there in the future," said Benson.