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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- A Department of Environmental Quality study found gas and metals on the site of the former Astoria landfill, which is to be the home of a youth sports complex.

The study found the highest concentrations of contaminates in groundwater, which flushes significantly slower than on the surface. The main contaminants are nondegradable metals, including iron, manganese, arsenic, lead, zinc, mercury and other heavy metals.

The Daily Astorian reports that DEQ officials told the Astoria School Board this week that the need for environmental cleanup and corrective action seems limited to the immediate landfill area.

The Astoria Landfill operated as a municipal solid waste disposal site from about 1965 until 1985. Its area totals about 14 acres, 11 of which are part of the slated redevelopment project.

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