2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:28:36 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Central Elementary School, Ottawa, Illinois
Central's future not as bleak as anticipated

Melissa Garzanelli
Ottawa Times (IL)
December 16, 2008

Preliminary test results of possible contaminants at Central Elementary School in Ottawa indicate there may be hope that the school can open to students next year.

During its meeting Tuesday, the board heard a presentation by Geoffrey Bacci of Aires Consulting Group that examined levels of mold, asbestos and bacteria in the building, as well as the condition of the soil around the building, due to the flooding that occurred in September.


However, the soil conditions remain the biggest unknown factor in whether the district should pursue reopening the building. The flooding may have taken contaminants from a nearby brownfield area and deposited them on school grounds. The brownfield is near 500 Walker Street, where the coal gas plant was located.


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
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