|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||9 Sep 2007 01:36:07 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Former Ft. Des Moines (IA) dump site|
Zoo passed up polluted parklandHistory: For decades, chemicals were dumped at the 65-acre site that Blank Park Zoo had wanted
Safety: It's safe to play and fish at what is now a popular park, environmental experts report
By MELISSA WALKER DES MOINES REGISTER (IA) September 8, 2007A Polk County park eyed for a major expansion of Blank Park Zoo sits atop a decades-old military dump site that officials fear has left soil and a popular fishing spot contaminated with pesticides, asbestos and chemical compounds.
That is one reason zoo officials decided last month to back away from a proposed land swap that would have transferred ownership of the 65 park acres to the city, paving the way for a $57 million zoo expansion.
"The city told us that right now, with their initial findings, they did not want the zoo to move on to that property," said Jim Hourigan, president of the Blank Park Zoo Foundation. "They thought the levels that were detected were high enough that we should look for a site elsewhere. ... I don't think they want the liability associated with owning it."
... For the entire article, see http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070908/NEWS05/709080342/1001/NEWS&lead=1 -- 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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