We lived years ago in Staten Island, where we were frequently visited by a rotten-egg stench from Fresh Kills
dump. (Today we live in the Greenpoint toxic waste zone
. Funny how things work out.) Now Fresh Kills is slated to become a park
. But the legacy of the old, pollution-friendly Island persists. Today the Advance
tells us that the ballfields at nearby Great Kills Park have been closed because they're radioactive
. The contaminant is believed to be radium from old paint and dental equipment
left years ago when it, too, was a dumping ground -- one where unscrupulous people often illegally deposited toxic wastes
. The risk is believed to be low, but further investigation is understandably planned. Other facilities at the park are open as usual.
A few weeks ago the New York Times gave the Great Kills neighborhood a glowing write-up which didn't mention the area's dicey environment record, concentrating instead on its "family-friendly atmosphere" and low home prices. Image (cc) Cary Bass.