Milwaukee districts shuts down 25 athletic fields

July 25, 2007
Officials fear fields may expose youths to toxic chemicals from fertilizer.

The Milwaukee school district has closed 25 recreational areas as a precaution to prevent children from being exposed to possibly harmful levels of toxic chemicals that might have been present in sewage-sludge fertilizer applied on those fields this month. As many as 16,000 youths and adults in summer softball, soccer and kickball leagues have lost a place to play for an undetermined length of time. Fall football practice for several high schools, middle schools and community youth teams also could be disrupted should football practice fields remain closed through August.

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