In March 2018, Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) requested assistance from EPA to conduct a Site Investigation at the Farwick Fields Lead Site in Cleves, Ohio. The Site is currently utilized as a youth baseball field during the spring and summer. For the last 15 years, the Site has been the location of a fund raising turkey shoot (shotgun shooting) during November-February. In February 2018, the adjacent Great Miami River flooded Field 5 with 3 feet of flood water. In March 2018, a citizen filed a Nuisance Complaint Report with HCPH after visible lead shot was observed on the bare soil field during spring maintenance to prepare the field for spring youth baseball. Field 5 is currently closed.
A 2018 EPA Site Investigation documented elevated levels of lead and arsenic in Field 5.
A EPA removal action was initiated on July 10, 2019. The removal action included removal and off-site disposal of lead and arsenic contaminated soil from Field 5.
The EPA removal action was completed on September 16, 2019.