Creating Child-Safe Learning Zones: Avoiding the Siting of Schools on Contaminated Land or Near Sources of Pollution. Presented by: Steven Fischbach, Esq. Rhode Island Legal Services and Sherman Ludwig Center for Health, Environment and Justice July 14, 2005. Framing the Issue.
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Steven Fischbach, Esq.
Rhode Island Legal Services
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
July 14, 2005
Siting laws should contain the following elements:
1.) Laws that restrict school siting on or near sources of environmental hazards
2.) Laws that require thorough investigation and assessment of environmental hazards on potential school sites or environmental impacts to future users of the site
3.) Laws that require public contaminated sites to be properly cleaned up and monitored so as not to pose health risks to future users of the school
4.) Laws requiring public participation in school-siting decisions
*Laws that fail to encompass these three points could result in poor siting decisions
*The New York State guidelines are contamination levels for specific media
1.) Abandon the site
2.) Take “Last Resort” measures before using the site
- Child-protective cleanup plan
- Certification that there are no other available sites
*A list of remediation steps will be released in our fall report (research is currently ongoing)