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Mayor orders school closed because of tainted soil.

The Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Protection said it will remove contaminated soil found at a northern New Jersey school that was closed to students Wednesday over safety concerns.

Mayor James Tedesco Tuesday night ordered the West Brook Middle School in Paramus shut until the state Department of Environmental Protection could conduct more testing.

Police erected barriers around the building to keep out students and faculty.

Three chemicals banned by the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency have been present in the dirt. They include Chlordane, which was commonly used to prevent termites. Aldrin is a pesticide that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and was found in school soil at 39 times the state's safety guidelines.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Superintendent Janice Dime said the soil was left over from trench work and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson issued a state on Wednesday that said the school district would be required to pay for the cost of removing and testing the contaminated soil.

"Any time children are involved, we must move swiftly to protect their health and safety and to help restore parents' peace of mind," Jackson said.

The department said an inspector went to the school last Thursday to interview officials and inspect the pile of soil which was fenced off and covered. Another inspector was sent to the school Wednesday.

Dime said the soil would be removed Wednesday and that more tests will be done on the grounds, including tests of the soil and air. The school will remain closed on Thursday, and officials will figure out contingency plans to teach students at other sites.

More than 150 parents attended Tuesday's Borough Council meeting and wanted to know why they were told about the soil last week when the school district knew of contamination in January.

The school has 700 students.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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of this happening here, at the new 9th wonder of the world.

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Mayor orders school closed because of tainted soil.

The Associated Press   

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Protection said it will remove contaminated soil found at a northern New Jersey school that was closed to students Wednesday over safety concerns.

Mayor James Tedesco Tuesday night ordered the West Brook Middle School in Paramus shut until the state Department of Environmental Protection could conduct more testing.

Police erected barriers around the building to keep out students and faculty.

Three chemicals banned by the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency have been present in the dirt. They include Chlordane, which was commonly used to prevent termites. Aldrin is a pesticide that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and was found in school soil at 39 times the state's safety guidelines.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Superintendent Janice Dime said the soil was left over from trench work and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson issued a state on Wednesday that said the school district would be required to pay for the cost of removing and testing the contaminated soil.

"Any time children are involved, we must move swiftly to protect their health and safety and to help restore parents' peace of mind," Jackson said.

The department said an inspector went to the school last Thursday to interview officials and inspect the pile of soil which was fenced off and covered. Another inspector was sent to the school Wednesday.

Dime said the soil would be removed Wednesday and that more tests will be done on the grounds, including tests of the soil and air. The school will remain closed on Thursday, and officials will figure out contingency plans to teach students at other sites.

More than 150 parents attended Tuesday's Borough Council meeting and wanted to know why they were told about the soil last week when the school district knew of contamination in January.

The school has 700 students.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What are the chances

of this happening here, at the new 9th wonder of the world.

As if you haven't figured it out already...."The ao called Big Shot" does not give a SHI* about the kids in this town. So it really wouldn't make a difference if the soil was or is contaminated or not, this whole town is contaminated, the only thing is it is contaminated with a bunch of BULL SHI*.

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Mayor orders school closed because of tainted soil.

The Associated Press   

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Protection said it will remove contaminated soil found at a northern New Jersey school that was closed to students Wednesday over safety concerns.

Mayor James Tedesco Tuesday night ordered the West Brook Middle School in Paramus shut until the state Department of Environmental Protection could conduct more testing.

Police erected barriers around the building to keep out students and faculty.

Three chemicals banned by the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency have been present in the dirt. They include Chlordane, which was commonly used to prevent termites. Aldrin is a pesticide that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and was found in school soil at 39 times the state's safety guidelines.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Superintendent Janice Dime said the soil was left over from trench work and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson issued a state on Wednesday that said the school district would be required to pay for the cost of removing and testing the contaminated soil.

"Any time children are involved, we must move swiftly to protect their health and safety and to help restore parents' peace of mind," Jackson said.

The department said an inspector went to the school last Thursday to interview officials and inspect the pile of soil which was fenced off and covered. Another inspector was sent to the school Wednesday.

Dime said the soil would be removed Wednesday and that more tests will be done on the grounds, including tests of the soil and air. The school will remain closed on Thursday, and officials will figure out contingency plans to teach students at other sites.

More than 150 parents attended Tuesday's Borough Council meeting and wanted to know why they were told about the soil last week when the school district knew of contamination in January.

The school has 700 students.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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of this happening here, at the new 9th wonder of the world.

You are an A$$. One of the main purposes of the redevelopment of our contaminated properties is to clean then up. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION DESERVES CREDIT FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP MISTAKES FROM THE PAST!

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You are an A$$. One of the main purposes of the redevelopment of our contaminated properties is to clean then up. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION DESERVES CREDIT FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP MISTAKES FROM THE PAST!

You sound like the current Administration! We need someone to clean the Administration, past and present? How do you spell efforts????????

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You sound like the current Administration! We need someone to clean the Administration, past and present? How do you spell efforts????????

spoke like a harrisonian with no balls. you talk the talk but yet your the first one cutting into your pie. take a look around buddy, everyone cries then they are sent away with a load of shit and a nice parting gift. your town is so corrupt and yet so smug about it, i hear the mayor has forgiven all his running mates and their families and friends who sold him out. in fact that family brags now how they are untouchable and suddenly they are the shit in town. yeah i hear all got promotions and even though the town has no money they have managed to fit it within their schedule to pay them all out. for one square mile alot of shit goes down and on behind the scenes. yet i thought the MAYOR AND HIS BUDDY POWELL HAD MORE BALLS THEN THAT AND THEY WOULD SEEK REVENGE. SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY NOW UH BOYS! WOW............SHAME ON YOU! :);) i'll stay in hackensack thanks!

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to put a high school on contaminated soil ?

what a great way to reclaim this land. hey assholes,

no new high school was needed . $$$$$$$

B) see you at the fest

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You sound like the current Administration! We need someone to clean the Administration, past and present? How do you spell efforts????????

Here we go again.. I'm not a fan of the political nonsense in town.. BUT, how can you possibly point an arrow directly at one person, namely the Mayor, and call him the blame for such a thing.. If it even exists.. YOu people are just out of your mind. If you have nothing to say, U make shi# up.. I love it. Your showing your true colors.. KEEP TALKING>>

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to put a high school  on contaminated soil ?

what a great way to reclaim  this land.  hey assholes,

no new high school was needed . $$$$$$$

;) see you at the fest

I read a recent post crying to build where there are no homes, or businesses.. Now you cry , maybe they should have built the high school on top of AMARAL...

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Environmental tests reveal soil contaminated with pesticides

6/6/07

The Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Environmental tests show an area of fenced-in soil outside a school in Paramus is contaminated with high levels of harmful pesticides.

Chemicals banned by the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency have been present in the dirt. And tests conducted on samples collected last week by the state Department of Environmental Protection found soil that remains outside West Brook Middle School have high levels of aldrin, dieldrin and DDE.

Aldrin is a pesticide used on crops that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and amounts found in school soil were 39 times the state's safety guidelines. DDE is a harmful byproduct of DDT, a pesticide.

The school, attended by 700 students, sits on a former celery field.

The DEP wants the Paramus Board of Education to remove more soil from the area, Irene Kropp, DEP assistant commissioner for site remediation, told The Record of Bergen County for Wednesday's editions.

A DEP spokeswoman said the agency won't be conducting more tests at the school.

Paramus schools Superintendent Janice Dime had released a letter earlier this week with results of the district's testing, saying the soil was "non-hazardous," according to The Record. The letter said a second test of the soil conducted by environmental consultant Melick-Tully revealed the soil was "non-hazardous."

The timing of her letter, which she has declined to discuss, has prompted criticism from Paramus Mayor James Tedesco.

"This is unbelievable," Tedesco told the newspaper. "This was either done to defend their actions and position or to deliberately misinform the people in Paramus."

In a test conducted after the removal of contaminated soil, the state also found a sample of aldrin in the soil 165 times state safety standards.

That level was much higher than levels found in the original study conducted by Melick-Tully in December.

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to put a high school  on contaminated soil ?

what a great way to reclaim  this land.  hey assholes,

no new high school was needed . $$$$$$$

:angry: see you at the fest

Where else are you goning to put the Pork Chops and the Egg Rolls?

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Environmental tests reveal soil contaminated with pesticides

6/6/07

The Associated Press   

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Environmental tests show an area of fenced-in soil outside a school in Paramus is contaminated with high levels of harmful pesticides.

Chemicals banned by the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency have been present in the dirt. And tests conducted on samples collected last week by the state Department of Environmental Protection found soil that remains outside West Brook Middle School have high levels of aldrin, dieldrin and DDE.

Aldrin is a pesticide used on crops that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and amounts found in school soil were 39 times the state's safety guidelines. DDE is a harmful byproduct of DDT, a pesticide.

The school, attended by 700 students, sits on a former celery field.

The DEP wants the Paramus Board of Education to remove more soil from the area, Irene Kropp, DEP assistant commissioner for site remediation, told The Record of Bergen County for Wednesday's editions.

A DEP spokeswoman said the agency won't be conducting more tests at the school.

Paramus schools Superintendent Janice Dime had released a letter earlier this week with results of the district's testing, saying the soil was "non-hazardous," according to The Record. The letter said a second test of the soil conducted by environmental consultant Melick-Tully revealed the soil was "non-hazardous."

The timing of her letter, which she has declined to discuss, has prompted criticism from Paramus Mayor James Tedesco.

"This is unbelievable," Tedesco told the newspaper. "This was either done to defend their actions and position or to deliberately misinform the people in Paramus."

In a test conducted after the removal of contaminated soil, the state also found a sample of aldrin in the soil 165 times state safety standards.

That level was much higher than levels found in the original study conducted by Melick-Tully in December.

any board members or officials want to release to public our soil test results before, during, and after, this construction of this new high school.

it would be good to know what was there, how it was taken care of, and how wonderfully safe it will be to send children there .

how about it mayor...

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Mayor: Tests show no pesticides inside Paramus school

6/9/2007

The Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Tests inside a northern New Jersey school showed no evidence of pesticides, said Paramus mayor James Tedesco.

Tedesco said 112 samples were taken along interior surfaces at the West Brook Middle School, and none of them showed cause for concern.

"This is a very positive outcome," Tedesco told The Record of Bergen County for Saturday's newspapers.

The interior tests were done after previous tests showed that an area of fenced-in soil outside the school was contaminated with high levels of harmful pesticides.

The pesticides include high levels of aldrin, dieldrin and DDE.

Aldrin is a pesticide used on crops that turns into dieldrin as it breaks down, and amounts found in school soil were 39 times the state's safety guidelines. DDE is a harmful byproduct of DDT, a pesticide.

The school, attended by 700 students, sits on a former celery field.

The school's 700 students, in grades 5-8, are attending classes at Bergen Community College.------------------------------

I guess their sewer system didn't collapse.....

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any board members or officials want to release to public our soil test results  before, during, and after, this construction of this new high school.

it would be good to know what was there, how it was taken care of, and how wonderfully safe  it will be to send children there .

how about it mayor...

call the state it is public knowledge

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spoke like a harrisonian with no balls. you talk the talk but yet your the first one cutting into your pie. take a look around buddy, everyone cries then they are sent away with a load of shit and a nice parting gift. your town is so corrupt and yet so smug about it, i hear the mayor has forgiven all his running mates and their families and friends who sold him out. in fact that family brags now how they are untouchable and suddenly they are the shit in town. yeah i hear all got promotions and even though the town has no money they have managed to fit it within their schedule to pay them all out. for one square mile alot of shit goes down and on behind the scenes. yet i thought the MAYOR AND HIS BUDDY POWELL HAD MORE BALLS THEN THAT AND THEY WOULD SEEK REVENGE. SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY NOW UH BOYS! WOW............SHAME ON YOU! :angry:  :lol:  i'll stay in hackensack thanks!

no matter how much you do for the mayor & council it is always what have you done for me latley. They never remember what you do for them

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i heard anyone that used the new field or lives in that area ,has been exposed to toxic dirt and fumes from this construction project.they are still trying to remedy this situation .

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new "privacy" fencing is up over the parking lot so we can't see whats going on.

come on mayor!! be up front with this. its for our kids .

Maybe former EPA Director Christine T Whitman will say "tests show its safe". ???

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Paramus school with pesticide-tainted soil to be cleaned up

7/1/2007,

The Associated Press

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Cleanup crews were scheduled to remove contaminated soil Monday from a Paramus middle school that was the focus of controversy after school officials failed to notify parents and teachers about the problem earlier this year.

Board of Education members and administrators learned of the pesticide-laden soil — with contamination levels 39 times state safety guidelines — at the West Brook school in January, but did not tell parents and teachers until May. At some spots at the school, the contamination level is as high as 165 times state standards.

The soil removal work is expected to take about a week to complete, school board President Mario Sicari told The Record of Bergen County for Sunday's editions.

Paramus Mayor James Tedesco told the newspaper that the air quality inside the building is what could potentially stall the school from reopening. Air samples have shown the presence of chlordane, a cancer-causing agent that was banned by the federal government.

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As if you haven't figured it out already...."The ao called Big Shot" does not give a SHI* about the kids in this town. So it really wouldn't make a difference if the soil was or is contaminated or not, this whole town is contaminated, the only thing is it is contaminated with a bunch of BULL SHI*.

YOU GUYS ARE REALLY STUPID. WHO BUILD THE OLD JFK STADIUM, THAT LAND WAS ALSO CONTAMINADED WAS IT OUR CURRENT MAYOR... NO. YOU ARE RIGHT THAT THIS WHOLE TOWN CAN BE CONTAMINATED AS A MATTER OF FACT HUDSON COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST RATE IN CANCER DEATHS. AND IF YOU KNOW YOU HUDSON COUNTY Hx. YOU ALSO KNOW THAT IT WAS FULL OF INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES THAT IN THE EARLY 1900 THEY DUMP AS MUCH CHEMICALS INTO THE RIVERS AND LAND. AS NEW TESTING EQUIPMENT COMES OUT THERE WOULD BE MORE AND MORE FINDINGS OF POLUTION. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO KEEP OUR EARTH CLEAN?JUST SITTING DOWN ON THE NET WRITTING STUPID ACCUSATION.

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any board members or officials want to release to public our soil test results  before, during, and after, this construction of this new high school.

it would be good to know what was there, how it was taken care of, and how wonderfully safe  it will be to send children there .

how about it mayor...

The State Schools Construction Corp. built the school. Ask **** *********he works for them, although not on this project.

CLEANUPS AND CONTAIMINATION ARE THE DEP. Dep't. of Evironmental Protection.

KOTW Note: The above post was edited for content.

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news media wanted

please pick up on this story

wheres maria mccormick

the sccc needs more than 1 billion tax dollars .

taxpayers-- this is your money they squanded .

hope the dogs will have their day......

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