22 May 2012

Army Corps completes removal of contaminated soil on Saipan site

12:48 pm on 22 May 2012

In the Northern Marianas, the US Army Corps of Engineers has excavated 2,500 cubic metres of soil which was contaminated by chemicals left over after the Second World War.

The area at Capital Hill on Saipan was used by the U.S. military as a waste pit.

Among the chemicals that were found at the site were polychlorinated biphenyl and lead.

The cost to decontaminate the area jumped to 3 million US dollars because the volume of contaminated soil turned out to be bigger than originally estimated.