MIAMI (AFP) – David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) club in Miami may have hit a new stumbling block after an environmental report showed unexpected levels of contamination at a proposed stadium site, the Miami Herald reported.
The newspaper reported on Monday that the analysis found arsenic contamination at more than twice the legal limit as well as hazardous debris in surface level soil at Melreese Country Club.
The 131-acre site near Miami airport has been put forward as Inter Miami’s permanent home, with a sprawling USD1 billion complex planned.
The report was alarming enough that Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez on Tuesday ordered the closure of Melreese golf course.
The Herald reported that the analysis by environmental firm EE&G – hired by Inter Miami – found that soil samples taken in recent months showed not only elevated arsenic levels but also barium and lead above legal limits.
The Herald reported that tests by the county Department of Environmental Resources Management yielded “similarly grimy results, showing high concentrations of lead in the soil at the site”.