I just finished reading this at the NYC Public School Parent's blog about the clean up plans for schools built on Toxic sites. Read the complete article here
Love this rationale
Instead, complex engineering systems will be required to continuously vent toxic fumes out of contaminated soils and away from children and teachers.
Wow that is fantastic, lets not contaminate the school, lets contaminate the neighborhood instead. Boneheads.
You know what the real argument is, How about we don't build on a toxic waste site. We are to trust the city government with removing hazardous waste
on a school site, where children and educators are to be housed. When they can not even be trusted to come up with a plan on how to educate our children or reduce class size.
I commend the city by adding new buildings to the school system and providing more space for New York City students, but it is the height of hypocrisy to suggest that building a school on a toxic waste sight is somehow acceptable. How many of our city officials will be willing to let their children be exposed to "acceptable" levels of known carcinogens in the air and on the surfaces that they touch for up to 4 years. No matter how much dirt they dig out and what slab of concrete barrier they build on top of the waste. Is this New York City's method of disposing of toxic waste sites, hiding them under a school building?