New York City officials are kicking off what they say is a long overdue remediation of the Brookfield Avenue Landfill on Staten Island.
The City hopes to clean up 132 acres of the toxic site so that it will become a park with some 17,000 new trees and shrubs.
The landfill used to be the depository for New York City's solid waste up until 1980. The Brookfield Avenue site was also the site of illegal dumping of hazardous material in the '70s.
"While the guilty parties have long since been convicted, the Brookfield Avenue Landfill has remained exactly the same," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The $266 million dollar project is set to be completed by 2017.