|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 Dec 2006 05:32:18 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Watson Park, San Jose, California|
Watson Park toxics detailed STUDY: SOIL CONTAMINATION EXTREME IN SOME SECTIONS
By April Lynch San Jose Mercury News (CA) December 13, 2006
Parts of San Jose's Watson Park are contaminated with levels of toxic chemicals 100 times higher than is safe for human health, according to the first comprehensive environmental survey of the recreation area built atop an old city trash dump.
The highest levels of toxins, including lead and chemicals known to cause cancer, turned up in the central section of the 40-acre park, the likely location of the former dump's incinerator and its 125-foot smokestack. The park's playground and neighboring Empire Gardens Elementary School showed lower but still notable levels of contaminants.
However, the northern section of the popular North San Jose park appears to be relatively clean. And a stretch of residential properties alongside the school, treated for lead contamination earlier this year, is now free of any other significant toxic residue.
The report, obtained by the Mercury News before its public release, also found that residue from the old dump isn't leaking any dangerous gases or contaminating nearby water -- a welcome sign that toxins haven't spread farther into the surrounding Northside neighborhood.
For the entire article, see http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16228278.htm
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