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Palma Addresses Lakeside Contamination Concerns

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Chris Boyle.

At this week’s Merrick Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Dominick Palma gave an update to parents concerned about possibly soil contamination in the fields of one of the district’s schools.

“Community members had been calling the Fire Department with concerns that, post Hurricane Sandy, there was water on the field of Norman J. Levy Lakeside School, and that it had an oily sheen,” Palma said. “The Fire Department said that they had seen it as well, and they were worried that there was gasoline or oil in the water, and that the soil had been contaminated.”

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However, Palma assured parents in the audience at the meeting that the district had taken the appropriate steps to make sure that the field was safe.

“We had an environmental consulting and structure testing firm pull soil samples,” Palma said. “It’s fine...there’s nothing out there to be worried about. They didn’t find any contamination.”

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Michael Ganci contributed to this report.

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