|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sun, 15 Aug 2010 18:00:37 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] FUDS, ASBESTOS: Gallops Island (MA)|
Gallops Island: Paradise lost By Lawrence Harmon Boston Globe Columnist August 15, 2010THE KEEP-OUT sign on the dock at Gallops Island evokes the late 19th century, when new immigrants suspected of harboring infectious diseases were quarantined on the 23-acre island in Boston Harbor. But it’s not the fear of cholera or small pox that spooks visitors today. It’s friable asbestos that prevents the public from stepping foot on the island.
Gallops is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, an urban archipelago of 34 islands scattered across 50 square miles of Boston Harbor. Gallops has been closed to the public since 2000, when state environmental officials determined that transite — a combination of asbestos and cement formerly used for fireproofing building materials— was present on parts of the island that had hosted WW II-era military training facilities. In the 1950s, work crews demolished the buildings and buried the debris. But a half-century later, the ground cover has eroded, exposing the kinds of materials linked to lung disease.
... For the entire column, see http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/08/15/gallops_island_paradise_lost/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 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@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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