Kentucky and federal officials expect to spend as much as $1.8 million to remove contaminated soil in residents' yards near a defunct Louisville pesticide plant. The effort, which could include nearly 70 homes, is poised to be the biggest soil-remediation project the state has carried out in a residential area, said R. Bruce Scott of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. About 25 years passed between initial surveys and the state's review of the property for possible redevelopment three years ago, when the site was classified as a possible environmental threat.

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