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Old 09-02-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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I have been trying to research on this before deciding where to buy a house. Apparently some districts have allowed contractors to dispose of construction waste in their school grounds in exchange for building sports fields on top of the disposal sites.

So far I have found through online sources the following districts which have participated in this arrangement - Briarcliff, Ossining, Greenburgh/Hartsdale, Eastchester and Valhalla.

There is also an uncounted number of towns that allowed fill-for-fields in their parks.

Would anyone know which areas performed fill-for-fields and/or how and where I can find a comprehensive list? Are any places well-known by common knowledge?

There was an online comment elsewhere that said Scarsdale did fill-for-fields but I could not find other sources to corroborate this. Would anyone know if this is true?

BTW - I would presume asking the school/district directly would not be helpful as in the case with Briarcliff where faculty, administrators and board members were either ignorant about what occurred or were intentionally concealing it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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I don't have the answer but thanks for posting this. I recently came across this post regarding the Briarcliff school, which was scary: Sudden Death: What's In The Ground In Briarcliff Manor?
Was hoping it was an isolated incident, but will now look more into it as well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:34 AM
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That's interesting, and concerning.
I can't help as I'd never even heard of that before.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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It was through that Huffington Post article and later Daily Mail and NYT stories that I learned about fill for fields. I did not bring up cancer in the OP because some posters could point out that there is little scientific evidence (aside from the likes of Chernobyl and Tom's River) that proximity to toxic chemicals can lead to cancer, but it is what I was concerned about as well. Apparently these construction fillings were happening without the residents knowing what was going on until too many kids got sick.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:56 AM
 
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It was through that Huffington Post article and later Daily Mail and NYT stories that I learned about fill for fields. I did not bring up cancer in the OP because some posters could point out that there is little scientific evidence (aside from the likes of Chernobyl and Tom's River) that proximity to toxic chemicals can lead to cancer, but it is what I was concerned about as well. Apparently these construction fillings were happening without the residents knowing what was going on until too many kids got sick.
The issue is that there are a variety of cancers that have a variety of causes and proving that cancer ABC came from chemical DEF in the fill of field GHI is virtually impossible. But horrific to think about nonetheless.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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Yes, there has been a lot of back and forth about this in the NJ and LI threads. Really hard to prove with hard science. Also some of the other disposal sites will argue that they took great lengths to assure that no toxic substances were buried in their locations. Though from what I understand the cancers that occurred in Briarcliff are sometimes associated with environmental factors - leukemia, thyroid and lymphoma - and they occurred on very young people all studying in the same schools.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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I cannot believe I am reading this...my husband and I are trying to relocate our family to Westchester and thought we found the makings of our perfect town in Briarcliff Manor. That is until I uncovered the same story and we both agreed we wouldn't want our kids anywhere near that school....period! We were so upset and now are searching for another town. But I am shocked that there were other places that did this, my search is on to find out who participated.
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