2006 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 11 Aug 2006 06:44:09 -0000
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Franklin Township (NJ) day care
Agencies dropped the ball at Franklin Twp. day care

Opinion by Nora Craig
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)
August 10, 2006

For New Jersey residents, outrage seems normal when the Division of Youth and Family Services, now part of the new Department of Children and Families, is the regulatory body responsible.

As Franklin Township Mayor David Ferrucci commented during a committee meeting Tuesday, "It is important the organization responsible for licensing day cares includes environmental issues in its assessment prior to issuing approvals."

Citizens should be outraged at the events that led to the location of a day-care center in a former industrial building contaminated with mercury.

Regulations state that the children's agency has the authority to require environmental testing. Again, it appears, negligence by DYFS put our children in harm's way.


For the entire column, see

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 <lsiegel@cpeo.org> http://www.cpeo.org

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