Jason Method and James W. Prado Roberts of the Asbury Park Press looked at New Jersey's $6 billion school construction program and found that the
state authority had purchased at least 22 environmentally contaminated or
possibly contaminated sites, including one radioactive Superfund site and
another historic steel cable plant full of lead, beryllium, arsenic and
other poisons. Environmentalists questioned whether the sites could ever be considered fully safe.
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