Polluted Indianapolis golf course could cost taxpayers $6M

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The protective cap on a decades-old landfill near an Indianapolis golf course is eroding, compromising the barrier that keeps toxins from escaping.

The Indianapolis Star reports the repair work near the Whispering Hills Golf Course will fall to the city parks department, which owns the land, leaving taxpayers on the hook for as much as $6 million.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management inspectors discovered in April 2014 that the old Julietta Landfill’s cap had eroded due to natural wear and tear.

Officials say testing since 2014 hasn’t found any imminent threat to public health. But a neighborhood group says nearby residents are concerned about what a leaking landfill could mean for them.

Indy Parks planner Don Colvin says the department has been aggressively looking for solutions.

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