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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Joplin is getting $2.4 million in federal funding to deal with soil contamination.
The Environmental Protection Agency says in a release Thursday that Joplin is getting the money to help test and cleanup soil that was contaminated with lead and cadmium during the May 2011 tornado that ripped through the southwest Missouri city, killing 161 people.
The tornado and subsequent structural demolition also disturbed soil at properties built in areas containing mine waste or that used mine waste during construction.
The $2.4 million comes from EPA's Superfund program. It will go toward replacing contaminated soil and restoring yards at dozens of homes, parks, playgrounds and other city sites over the next three years.