THE NEW ABERDEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS BEING BUILT NEAR FORMER PESTICIDE DUMPS

THE NEW ABERDEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS BEING BUILT NEAR FORMER PESTICIDE DUMPS

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Sherry Vredenburg started this petition to Moore County Schools Board of Education

Every child deserves to go to a SAFE school.

On June 22, 2015, the Moore County Board of Education decided to purchase land on Hwy 5 to replace the existing Aberdeen elementary and primary schools in Aberdeen, NC. The Moore County School System owns 62 acres at Southern Middle School. Neither this land nor any other land was considered.  The groundbreaking ceremony for the new school took place in November 2018. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020.

The school is located in an industrial area 0.4 miles from the active cleanup Fairway 6 EPA Superfund Site and 0.5 miles away from the active cleanup McIver EPA Superfund Site. Pesticides were dumped in these areas for over 50 years. Both EPA Superfund locations are still being monitored with a review every 5 years.

Due to citizen concerns, Moore County Schools hired an Environmental Engineering Company to conduct a Phase II Environmental Assessment of the new Aberdeen school site in July of 2019. The Environmental Engineering Company presented its findings at the August 26th Board of Education Meeting. Public questions and comments were not allowed at this meeting. Citizens have repeatedly requested air quality testing. No further testing has been conducted.

Lead was found in the top 6 inches of soil. No amount of lead is safe. Because of groundwater contamination, the Environmental Engineering Firm recommended that the groundwater not be used, even for irrigation purposes. The Environmental Engineering Firm could not identify a source for the trace amounts of 4, 4-DDD and VOCs that were found in groundwater samples.

It is certain that children with health conditions will attend this school. Moore County Schools cannot ensure children will be 100% protected from contact with lead or other contaminants found in the soil or air.

Sign this petition to stop construction of the new Aberdeen school! We want kids to attend a school free of contaminants. This is not a risk any Moore County parent should be asked to take with their child.

Thank you for standing up for Moore County kids!

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