2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 10:00:49 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Mott Haven campus, the Bronx, site management plan review
Independent Review of the  
Draft Site Management Plan for the Mott 
Haven Schools Complex, Bronx, New York

by Lenny Siegel & Peter Strauss
March, 2008

CPEO comments on the January 2008 draft Site Management Plan (SMP) for 
the Mott Haven school campus, now under construction in the South Bronx. 
The School Construction Authority cleanup of this site is robust, and 
with proper site management, the students, teachers, and others who will 
occupy this site will not be at risk of unacceptable environmental 
exposures. While the draft SMP contains many of the elements necessary 
to guide long-term site management, we find that it is incomplete. The 
chronic health risks from exposure to contaminants on site must be taken 
seriously. The time to ensure the long-term safety of the site is now. 
The officials and consultants who design and oversee both cleanup and 
construction will be long gone in decades, but the need to manage the 
site will continue.

To download the 21-page, 3.1 MB report as a PDF file, go to 

For years, we have been arguing that long-term site management is an 
essential component of environmental response any place there is 
residual contamination. In this instance we were able to consider 
exactly what that should entail. - LS


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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