|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||9 Aug 2006 02:58:16 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Keith School, New Bedford, Massachusetts|
Woes part of troubling trend Public role key to safe siting, officials say
By Jack Spillane New Bedford Standard-Times (MA) August 8, 2006
Third of three parts
In 2001, the city of Providence built an elementary school and a middle school on its former municipal dump just seven months from the day it announced the plans.
The siting and building process in Providence - over the objection of the adjacent neighborhoods - was so expedited that it led to a new law slowing the process down.
The scenario has not been dramatically different for the new Keith Middle School in New Bedford, built on a PCB-contaminated soccer field.
To gain a spot on the state's school funding reimbursement list, school officials moved quickly to approve the site for Keith - voting for it on Feb. 12, 2001, just four days after the public forum.
For the entire article and links to earlier and related stories, go to http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/08-06/08-08-06/02topstories.htm
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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