2006 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 21 Aug 2006 17:14:58 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] East Baltimore demolition dust
Making a science of destruction
Group managing razing of homes for East Baltimore technology park uses Hopkins research to minimize release of hazardous substances

By Brent Jones
Baltimore Sun (MD)
August 21, 2006

As a piece of heavy machinery picked at rubble heaped where a block of rowhouses once stood, Robin Carter-Morton scanned the debris in search of public enemy No. 1 - dust.

To hold down the dust, the debris had been soaked with water, but it was drying out under the relentless summer sun, so Carter-Morton ordered workers to hose it down again.

"We're not going to get rid of all of the dust," said Carter-Morton. "But we do try to minimize it as much as possible."

Carter-Morton is overseeing the demolition of more than 500 vacant houses in East Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Hospital. There's a science to her work: The houses are being razed using strict guidelines based on research by Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. The guidelines call for minimizing dust, lead emissions, rodent infestation and other potential hazards.


But officials with the Save Middle East Baltimore Action Committee, a community group that's voiced opposition to the demolition, tell a different story.


For the entire article, 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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