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New Problems Found At Stinky Rockland School

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – There are still no classes for the rest of the week at Laurel Plains Elementary School in New City.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

Additional tests are being done now that chemicals have been found in the soil of an island in the parking lot, but they are not believed to be the source of a mysterious sickening odor.

“They could be chemicals from composting. They could be chemicals from a natural gas line,” school superintendent Maggie Keller-Cogan told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “They didn’t know and before they offer that conjecture, they wanted to make sure that they had additional information.”

As testing continues, students attend classes at the high school.

The superintendent expects a final determination by Friday.

As a back-up, she’s looking for space in neighboring school districts.

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Swan says:

    When the source of the fumes are the chemical components of the “smell” should be listed and published along with any safety health data on the fumes. Just because the smell goes away does not mean the problem is solved. Young children were exposed to the fumes. Fumes enter the lungs and from there can get into the blood stream affect the health of the schoolchildren and personnel.

    The EPA has recognized that Children are more vulnerable to injury from toxic and hazardous substances than adults, just like with medication. Read Chapter 1 of Toxic Justice See blog on website about new organization, Children’s Environmental Protection Alliance,

    Where and to whom does a parent go if they suspect their child was harmed by a hazardous substance at schooL? There are no federal nor state oversight and regulations to protect the environmental quality of school.

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