The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be testing several inner-city parcels of land in Springfield… to see if they are suitable for use as urban community gardens. The testing is the result of a City of Springfield resolution seeking to explore whether more use can be made of land in the city to develop those gardens to grow fresh produce.
But those parcels of land may contain contaminants left over from years of industrial-type uses. The EPA testing will determine if there is any soil contamination, and whether the land is safe for growing. The tests will be conducted Monday on three adjacent parcels of land on East Miller and North 16th Streets.