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April 14, 2011

Confirmed: Atlantic Yards is Toxic

Vials containing lethal doses of arsenic were found on the Atlantic Yards construction sites.

Park Slope Patch
by Kristen V. Brown

Locals in the footprint of the Atlantic Yards construction site have long felt the project was toxic – turns out, it really is.

A recent construction update from developer Forest City Ratner revealed that vials of arsenic were uncovered on the site – the same highly toxic metal famously used to murder lonely old men in the Joseph Kesselring play Arsenic and Old Lace.

Though developers expected to find an abundance on toxins on the site – including metals such as arsenic – the Empire State Development Corporation said that finding actual vials of the stuff on a construction site is highly unusual.

“It is suspected that the vials were from an old pharmacy,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, a spokesperson for ESDC, the state agency that oversees the project.

“Elevated arsenic concentrations may be encountered at urban and agricultural sites due to past industrial and agricultural uses; it is unusual, however, to encounter vials containing arsenic concentrations.”


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A puzzling discovery at the Atlantic Yards work site was mentioned in a construction update for the week of March 28 to April 10. Workers found vials of arsenic in dug up soil on the site. Prospect Heights Patch reports that the vials may have come from an old pharmacy, according to Empire State Development Corporation spokesperson Elizabeth Mitchell. The soil around the vials tested at below the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits, Ms. Mitchell told Atlantic Yards Report, but it is being treated as hazardous waste, and will be taken to a disposal facility, possibly in Michigan, within the next two to three weeks.

Posted by eric at April 14, 2011 11:38 AM