Friday, April 2, 2004

School lead cleanup may cost $500,000

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

INDIAN HILL - Cincinnati Country Day School will have toxic lead removed from its school grounds here by the time school opens in the fall, a project that could cost up to half a million dollars, officials said Thursday.

In the first public statement from the Camargo Club, a golf and shooting club adjacent to school property, Cincinnati attorney Tom Terp confirmed Country Day officials' earlier statements that Camargo has agreed to pay for the removal of lead shotgun pellets. The shot fell from a nearby skeet shooting range, contaminating two school baseball fields.

"The club will definitely pay for the cost of remediation," said Terp, a Camargo member and spokesman.

Terp also said club officials this week spoke with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials about the federal agency overseeing the cleanup project, which he estimated will cost between $200,000 and $500,000.

Steven Renninger, EPA on-scene coordinator, said Thursday he expects to meet with Camargo officials in a couple of weeks.

Terp also announced that the club shooting range, near the western border of the school, will remain closed. The shooting range, which operated on weekends from October through March for decades, closed in September after club officials learned that lead had been discovered on another nearby private property.

"There will be no more shooting at Camargo until we can be 100 percent confident no adjoining property will be impacted in any way," Terp said.

The cleanup will begin in June, after Country Day's summer break begins, and will involve up to four acres around the two ball fields, Terp said. The fields are expected to be fully restored by the beginning of the next school year.


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