As just one example, the Victory Garden on S. Pierce Street
will be in danger of contamination from construction dust
containing lead, arsenic, asbestos, and other toxics (photo by
M. Waldon, no rights reserved).
Abandoned rail yards are typically found to have very high levels of contamination from numerous toxic materials. Among these are lead (paint and batteries), arsenic (widely used by railroads for pest control, weed control, and as a wood preservative in rail ties), and asbestos (steam engine firebox and boiler). It is believed that very high levels of these substances contaminate the soil in the abandoned rail yard and along the rail line within the I-49 Connector area. Any construction involving vehicular traffic driving across this soil, and any soil excavation will result in liberation of these toxics as dust.
How will toxic dust be monitored within and at the fence line of the Connector project?
How will the workers on-site be protected? Will all workers be required to wear respirators or other protective devices during construction?
How will the public, particularly neighborhood children, be protected from this hazardous toxic dust?