From the Times Ledger:
James Cervino, a marine biologist working with the civic, called on the city to replace the polluted soil at the property, citing toxin levels several times above the standards of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and noting that some of the compounds found in the study caused cancer in laboratory experiments.
“Clean it up,” he said at last Thursday’s meeting. “Use state DEC−approved soil. Take out the bad stuff. To me, it’s a no−brainer.”
“It’s not something we’re going to pursue,” DOE spokesman Will Havemann said of replacing the soil. “The School Construction Authority has standards for when it is necessary to take preventative measures in a school building and when it’s necessary to actually clean up the site. The level of contamination at this site did not meet that standard.”
Although not mentioned in this article, Dr. Cervino made an offer of a donation of certified clean fill for the project, which would dramatically reduce the cost of the cleanup. The SCA rep at the meeting said they would definitely consider it. So why is the DOE being so pigheaded?
WHO IS GETTING A CONTRACT AND/OR KICKBACKS OUT OF THIS?
P.S. Cardozo is toxic, too!