2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 10:25:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Mott Haven campus, the Bronx - judge says Site Mangement Plan required before construction
City Is Cited for Insufficient Safeguards at School Campus Being Built on Brownfield

New York Times
November 9, 2008

New York City officials violated state environmental law when they began building a school complex on a contaminated site in the South Bronx without first coming up with a plan to ensure that students and the public would not be exposed to pollutants in the future, a state judge has ruled.

The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed in 2007 by a group of parents and community leaders trying to force the School Construction Authority to conduct a more comprehensive environmental review for the multischool campus, which is still under construction in Mott Haven in the South Bronx.

The suit accused the city of going ahead with the project without a plan to monitor air quality and check for other environmental problems after the city cleaned up the site — a 6.6-acre parcel that once contained a railyard, a laundry and a plant that made gas from coal. The school agency eventually came up with a plan, which is now under review by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.


For the entire article, see

For CPEO's review of the Mott Haven Site Management Plan, which was produced after construction was well under way, see


Lenny Siegel
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