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Contaminated Soil Found

District leaders say Contaminated soil at the construction site of a new Corning Painted Post School Building poses no threat to neighbors.

Contaminated Soil Found
 

August 28, 2012

Corning (WENY) - District leaders say Contaminated soil at the construction site of a new Corning Painted Post School Building poses no threat to neighbors, but It could cost up to 4 million dollars to remove the lead-tainted dirt tests of soil samples taken from the construction site of the new Corning-Painted Post High School came found lead in the soil. And even though clean up will probably cost millions, district leaders say the facilities project is still on budget.

     Solid waste was found about two to 15 feet underground. The contaminated material has small traces of lead from brick, ash, glass and other manufacturing materials. Neighbors like Michael Kane, who lives right next to the construction says he knew the ground had glass and brick in it, but didn't know about any lead.

     “We used to find cullet down here, it's just old glass. I was digging up our rhubarb plant and I found some out there anyway and you know I guess if your building a parking lot on a toxic dump ground your going to find something down there,” says Kane.

     Today crews started to remove about 700 tons of contaminated soil from the construction zone. Although that may sound like a lot of dirt, only a small portion of that is actually contaminated.

     “Buried in the ground it doesn’t leach it stays within the glass product that its in the problem is when you dig and disturb it you have to get rd of it,” says C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski.

    The removal will cost the district between 2 and 4 million dollars. That money will come from savings from this years mild winter and reserve funds.

    “As of right now we don't have a firm figure on how much its going to cost. We've been told two to four million but we wont really know until they finish up,” says Ginalski.

    Tomorrow night, the school board will vote on the spending to cover the cost of the clean up.