BY BRIANNA KNIBBS
Councilman Robert Holden (D-Glendale) blasted the city for dumping soil near a school in Middle Village that he said was contaminated.
The soil was dumped by the city’s Department of Design and Construction and contractor CAC Industries near PS/IS 128. Holden said that the soil tested for high amounts of lead.
“I met with DDC to discuss the work stoppage of the sewer project on 74th Street, just south of Juniper Valley Park,” Holden said. “DDC and its contractor—CAC Industries—stopped work on the project in December and haven’t updated the community as to why. My office reached out to DDC and learned that the department stopped the job because they found lead-contaminated soil. They then dumped it here, in this staging area. The soil was slated to be taken to another fill yard, but it was turned away because tests showed it was contaminated with dangerous amounts of lead. DDC and CAC Industries knew in December that this soil was contaminated with lead, and left it here in this yard across from a school for more than four months without telling anyone.”
Holden is calling for an investigation of the DDC and CAC Industries. But a city spokesman said that the soil did not pose a hazard to students.
“This soil has been tested and does not pose a hazard to students, school staff or community residents. We are safely removing the soil within the next week out of an abundance of caution,” said Olivia Lapeyrolerie, the deputy press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio.