Top Stories 2012: Greenwich High Fields Declared Safe

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The testing and reopening of the athletic fields at Greenwich High after reports of hazardous chemicals in the soil is one of the top stories of 2012. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

GREENWICH, Conn. – As 2012 comes to a close, The Greenwich Daily Voice is counting down some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of testing and repairs, the athletic fields at Greenwich High School that were deemed contaminated by hazardous chemicals reopened Aug. 24.

Contamination was found in July 2011, when workers excavating parking lots for the school’s auditorium project, known as MISA, discovered soil that was darker than other dirt. Immediate environmental tests began. Low levels of lead, arsenic, barium, volatile organic compounds, PCBs and petroleum hydrocarbons were found.

The field at Cardinal Stadium reopened in time for the 2011 fall sports season, but fields 3, 4, 6 and 7 were the subject of continued testing for more than a year.

Read the four articles from this year related to the athletic field contamination saga.

Feb. 2: More Testing Expected at Greenwich High Fields

Mar. 3: Greenwich Fields Reopen After Contamination Tests

July 9: Two Greenwich High School Fields Reopen For Use

Aug. 24: All Greenwich High Fields Open After Testing

Check back Monday for another top story from 2012.

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