Contaminated athletic fields to reopen in Briarcliff Manor

Contaminated athletic fields at Briarcliff Manor High School will be fixed and reopened after two years.Last night, the Briarcliff Manor school board voted to spend

BRIARCLIFF MANOR - Contaminated athletic fields at Briarcliff Manor High School will be fixed and reopened after two years.

Last night, the Briarcliff Manor school board voted to spend $2 million to cover the field with soil and grass rather than completely remove and replace the soil, which would cost an estimated $18 million.

Some parents, who say toxins in the fields caused their children to get cancer, are not happy with that solution and feel the fields are still not safe.

In 2001, the state Department of Environmental Conservation red-flagged the land for containing construction debris along with the dirt used to fill it.

Concerns about toxins forced school board members to take a look at what was lying beneath the fields, and the areas were shut down for two years.

Recently, three local families came forward claiming exposure to the fields caused their children to develop cancer.

Engineers took soil samples, groundwater samples and performed numerous tests, but the school board reported that the results showed that there is no public health risk or threat of the fields.Briarcliff school board to vote Tuesday on athletic fields' status

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