First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

Al Gore environmental school built on toxic soil

Defend Truth

Al Gore environmental school built on toxic soil

A new high school of environment science due to open on 13 September in Los Angeles, named after former US vice-president Al Gore and activist Rachel Carson, has been built on a contaminated site. The site where the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences is located is contaminated by "more than a dozen underground storage tanks serving light industrial businesses" as well as "the underground tanks of an adjacent gas station". At least it was, until the city spent $4 million replacing the toxic soil with healthy soil from somewhere else. So, to be clear, the Carson-Gore school dedicated to environmental sciences is built atop underground storage tanks, next to a gas station and across the road from an oil well. The Universe has a fine sense of humour.  Read more: Gawker


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted