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47647Did Greenwich officials know what dangers lurked below? PCBs

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Jun 14, 2014
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      Did Greenwich officials know what dangers lurked below?

      At least two years before PCBs and other toxins were found at Greenwich
      High School in 2011, the town had compelling evidence that something
      foul was lurking underground at one of the wealthiest schools in the
      nation.

      Yet no one probed the suspicious soil or investigated further, even as
      students continued to play sports on the plush athletic fields where a
      plume of dangerous contaminants lay just inches below the turf in some
      areas.

      A Hearst Connecticut Media review of hundreds of documents found the
      town's own consultant discovered "little cinders" and other debris
      underground during soil stability tests in 2009, solid evidence of
      burned material -- not the clean fill that should have been there.

      But officials never tested the dirt or looked any further until a
      backhoe operator digging a ditch for a new $46 million Music
      Instructional Space and Auditorium in 2011 -- a full two years after the
      cinders were detected -- brought up scoopfuls of oily, acrid-smelling
      muck....

      Danbury News Times, Connecticut