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E-M:/ Detroit Beard School hearing May 9
- Subject: E-M:/ Detroit Beard School hearing May 9
- From: "Matthew R. Abel" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 11:51:50 -0400
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Enviro-Mich message from "Matthew R. Abel" <email@example.com>
It sounds like the Detroit Public Schools need some continuing education
about community concern for land use.
What do the scientists on this list think about the safety of the school
considering the type of "containment" (or lack thereof)?
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Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 09:21:29 EDT
Subject: Beard School Update
Press Release - For Release Immediately
Contact Person: Billie Hickey, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision,
313-842-1961 or 313-862-6962
April 27, 2001
About 50 parents and community members attended an informational meeting
sponsored by the Detroit Public Schools Friday morning at the American
Forum in southwest Detroit. They demanded answers to lingering questions
about the safety of a new elementary school being built on a former
industrial site. With the nearby McMillan School scheduled to close this
and those students to be bussed to the new Beard School, the number of
concerned parents and residents has doubled.
The new Beard School is being built on a former industrial site that
1918 and 1965 housed manufacturing and assembly of steel, brass,
radios, televisions, refrigerators, paper products, golf balls,
automotive parts as well as housing military equipment and components.
1965 until 1985 DPS used some buildings for a skills training center. It
no surprise then that the limited early testing revealed unsafe levels
several environmental toxins, including lead, arsenic and PCBs. Now,
removing only the most toxic soil, the Detroit Public Schools plans to
the site in the fall, relying on a simple soil cap to prevent exposure
pre-school and elementary school children to any remaining pollutants.
At this meeting Richard Schlayer, Environmental Manager for DPS, shared
parents their latest plan to underlay the soil in the kindergarten area
four inches of poured concrete. In the soccer and baseball field areas
inches of crushed concrete will rest on a water permeable fabric
with eight inches of crushed concrete and eight inches of clean topsoil.
remaining exposed outdoor areas will have the fabric topped by four
crushed concrete and eight inches of clean topsoil.
Many parents wanted to know how DPS can tell them that the site will be
if they haven't finished testing. Concerned parents and community
still have more questions than answers about the safety of the site and
adequacy of DPS' proposed clean-up plan. How can DPS guarantee that
aren't undiscovered hot spots on the site, when it found two additional
underground storage tanks on-site that hadn't been caught in the initial
survey? Why is DPS limiting its additional testing to lead and arsenic
at least four other contaminants were found at unacceptably high levels
the site? Individual parents and community members, in discussions with
representatives that lasted almost an hour past the scheduled time,
additional testing and a reevaluation of the remediation plan in light
that testing and/or standards that are explicitly protective of
They also asked that the community have a voice in decisions impacting
children. Since DPS is scheduled to begin work on the playground area by
middle of May, much work remains for them in order to convince many
of this Southwest Detroit community that they should send their children
Beard next fall.
A follow-up community meeting is planned for May 9 at 6pm at
St Gabriel's Church, 8118 W. Vernor to determine what steps to take
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