2006 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 14 Dec 2006 05:32:18 -0000
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Watson Park, San Jose, California
Watson Park toxics detailed

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


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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