Group in Trenton says school site is toxic

A group in Trenton announced Wednesday that toxic soil was never cleaned up at a site where a New Brunswick school now sits.

Evelyn Henderson says she vaguely recalls what used to be on the corner of Van Dyke Avenue and Jersey Avenue.

"I don't really remember all that much, but I remember it was a type of factory, chemical thing going on here," Henderson says.

Community activists and parents in Trenton now say state lawmakers are cutting corners at that site ? which is home to a New Brunswick middle school - that could pose risks to students? health.

?They may have bought the land for cheap, but they're risking kids? lives, their health,? says Jane Nogaki, of the New Jersey Environmental Federation. ?They shouldn't have all these kids up in here if it [is not] safe.?

Environmentalists say about 100 New Jersey schools have been built on or near contaminated sites.

"I'm talking about asthma. I'm talking about cancer. I'm talking about autism. I'm talking about learning disabilities,? says Nogaki, in detailing health risks she says students are exposed to.

Parents, teachers and activists are asking Gov. John Corzine to not just to clean up the sites, but to create new safety measures to make sure schools are routinely checked for hazardous conditions.

The group plans on suing the state if Corzine does not take action by the fall.

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