From 1926 to 1970, the City of Miami (City) operated a solid waste incinerator at 3425 Jefferson Street in West Coconut Grove. Despite persistent complaints and requests for the incinerator to be shut down by West Grove residents, it continued its operation for 44 years.
The numerous soil assessments at the Old Smokey site have continually shown high concentrations of arsenic, lead, barium, cadmium, and PAHs. Spot removal of contamination has occurred at the Old Smokey site but full remediation of the site has not occurred.
Reports have reaffirmed findings of contamination at Old Smokey and have identified offsite contamination of the surrounding parks and areas. The City needs to continue testing offsite to determine the full extent of the contamination, and the full extent of the contamination has not yet been determined.