Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tainted Soil Removed From High School in New Bedford, MA

March 31, 2009 - About 65 tons of contaminated soil were removed from the grounds of New Bedford High School on Saturday after high levels of PCBs were discovered earlier this month, city officials said.

The contaminated area was identified after additional soil sampling to help the city define its remedial plan for the site, according to Scott Alfonse, the city's director of environmental stewardship.

The city reported the high levels of contamination — about 45.9 parts per million, high enough to pose a "potential imminent hazard" — to the state Department of Environmental Protection on March 19 and then worked with the School Department to schedule the soil's removal, according to Alfonse.


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