2000 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 17:22:23 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Ohio Schools Moving From Toxic Site

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Friday May 19 3:34 PM ET 

Ohio Schools Moving From Toxic Site

By CHARLEY GILLESPIE, Associated Press Writer 

MARION, Ohio (AP) - Two schools built on a site contaminated with rusted
barrels of cancer-causing chemicals would be rebuilt elsewhere under a
preliminary agreement announced Friday.

The state, the Army Corps of Engineers and River Valley Local Schools also
agreed in principle to develop the Marion County campus for industrial use.

``When you look at this at all sides, this is the cost-effective argument
and the best way to go. To clean it up and maintain the school is too
costly,'' River Valley Schools Superintendent Tom Shade said.

The 78-acre campus in Marion, about 40 miles north of Columbus, was once
home to a U.S. Army depot used as a dump for spent solvents and other
chemical wastes. The schools, which have 850 students total, were built in

An investigation began after questions were raised about leukemia cases
among the high school's graduates.

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