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School bearing Al Gore’s name built on contaminated site

September 7, 2010

This is not really related to ISD 281 but it is just too funny to ignore….

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100907/od_yblog_upshot/school-bearing-al-gores-name-built-on-contaminated-site

Al Gore can’t seem to catch a break these days.

Between a high-profile public divorce, accusations of sexual assault, and a crazed gunman citing his work as the inspiration for his “awakening,” the former vice president’s image has been in a bit of a PR freefall of late.

Now this bit of cruel irony: The Los Angeles-area Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences, named after Gore and pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson , was built atop an environmentally contaminated piece of real estate, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some are now raising concerns that the $75.5 million school — which sits across the street from an oil well — may pose long-term health risks to its students, faculty and staff, as the groundwater beneath it is contaminated by chemicals.

Oh my God!  A $75.5 million school!  Maybe we should stop complaining about Northport and Lakeview!  Then again, it is California!

As the L.A. Times’ Howard Blume reports, construction crews worked furiously through the Labor Day weekend to remove dirt “from two 3,800-square-foot plots to a depth of 45 feet, space enough to hold a four-story building.” According to Blume, the soil in those plots once held more than a dozen industrial storage tanks that had contaminated the site’s groundwater. Also beneath the school were the underground tanks from a nearby gas station.  The plan now is for workers to replace the potentially tainted soil with clean soil that school officials have lined up from other sources. The crews are rushing to complete the work before fall semester starts Sept. 13 for the nearly 700 students enrolled.  Some environmental groups are raising an outcry over the alleged health risks associated with the school’s site. School officials say that everything is fine.  “There’s no doubt in my mind that the site is safe, and if there are any changes, our monitoring or our existing processes will detect it and we’ll react to that,” L.A. school system safety chief John Sterritt told the paper. “We really go out of our way to make sure these properties are safe.”

Poor Al!  He really can’t catch a break!

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About 281 Exposed

September 30, 2007

This site is dedicated to publishing Robbinsdale school events and issues that District 281 residents need to know. Sugarcoating and throwing more money on failure is not helping our kids, and we have seen the dismal decline of student achievement and safety in our district. 14 out of 16 schools failed Annual Yearly Progress in 2009. Bullying is on the rise, and more officers are being hired to patrol the schools. Bad employees/directors get shifted around instead of getting fired. Three schools closed after another referendum passed, breaking the trust of many parents and citizens after district boundaries were changed. Sadly, three incumbents were re-elected in 2009.

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