After years of sitting on toxic soil, what the EPA and City of Jacksonville are doing to clean up 250 acre site

Source:, July 21, 2022
By: Tristan Hardy

For years, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary sat on toxic land. Something Willie Carodine didn’t know back when he was a kid.

He was in the third and sixth grade when he attended the school. He used to play football on the field.

“I was a happy lil’ boy,” Carodine said.

However, as a man, he is upset. After learning about elevated levels of lead found in the soil, he believes it is the reason why some of his peers were sick. Like many others who live in Jacksonville’s Northside, he doesn’t trust that the land is clean. Read more.

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