2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 08:26:16 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] New Providence (RI) school "energizes" coalition
New school on polluted site energizes environmental coalition

By Peter B. Lord
The Providence Journal
May 15, 2008


No matter which way you look from inside the city's new Adelaide High School in the Reservoir Triangle neighborhood, the views aren't good.

Out back, a tall chainlink fence encloses a huge pile of debris. Off to the side, several acres between the school and Mashapaug Pond are also fenced off and signs warn people to keep out.

The front of the school faces an empty Stop & Shop supermarket and parking lot. Inside the store, crews are drilling through the concrete floor so they can test for contaminants in the soils underneath.

Adelaide assistant principal John O. Craig, supervising students at the end of a recent school day, points to the ductwork designed to pull toxic gases from the soil and direct them away from classrooms. He thinks the school is safe, but barely adequate for his students.


For the entire article, see


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
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