|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 7 Jun 2019 12:45:53 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] "The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport, " New York City|
The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport Residents of a historic neighborhood have been trying to preserve its character as major building projects loom. Now the discovery of a 19th-century thermometer factory there has further complicated matters. By Jane Margolies New York Times June 7, 2019 In an area as old as the South Street Seaport, a part of Lower Manhattan that dates to the 17th century, historic remnants are bound to turn up from time to time. A wooden ship was unearthed on Water Street in 1981. A stoneware jug was discovered on Pearl Street where a boardinghouse stood in the early 1800s. And on Peck Slip, where assorted small-scale buildings were lined up in the 18th and 19th centuries, clay smoking pipes and pieces of an old chamber pot were found in 2013 and 2014, when a post office was converted into the Peck Slip School. Students there study the artifacts as part of a fifth-grade archaeology unit. But these days, their parents and other Seaport locals are more concerned about what may lie under the parking lot across the street from the school: elemental mercury, the toxic remains of a thermometer factory active in the 1800s. … For the entire article, see https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/07/nyregion/south-street-seaport-mercury.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042 Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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