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Response to Scruffy Rumbler (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 11:33 AM

9. A similar issue in Pittsfield has been going on for years

A foul ball from the baseball diamond at Allendale Elementary School could land on a large, brown mound that looms over the school yard from the other side of a chain-link fence. The mound 38 feet high and covered in brown mulch is a toxic dump that is home to thousands of cubic yards of PCB-contaminated waste taken from the General Electric plant, the Housatonic River and elsewhere.
(Allendale school) was built in the 1950s on PCB-contaminated dirt fill that General Electric gave its workers and the community for free. After the pollution was discovered in 1991, most of the grounds were capped, despite the protests of residents and parents. In 1999, the cap was removed, and GE dug up 41,000 cubic yards of polluted soil and rebuilt the baseball diamond, soccer field and playground.


The 2' soil cap was removed because it was contaminated with PCB's above the 'allowable' amount.
Our society does insane things.

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