Feature

Irony alert: Al Gore's school built on toxic ground

Critics say that a school named for the environmental crusader may endanger students

The Irony: The Los Angeles Times reported last weekend that the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences, a new school named after the ex-vice president and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, was built on contaminated soil. Workers completed a $4 million cleanup project to replace the ground beneath the school, which had been the site of "more than a dozen underground storage tanks serving light industrial businesses." Officials say they've done rigorous tests and detect no dangers, but environmental groups like California Communities Against Toxics worry that "the dirty groundwater could recontaminate the soil," posing long-term health risks to students. The $75.5 million school is set to open on September 13.The Reaction: Predictably, conservative bloggers have had a field day with the story. Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters says, "It's quite fitting a school be named after these two radical environmentalists that could end up harming the very students that attend it." Now that the school has been given the all-clear, says Max Read of Gawker, it sounds like the main risk for students is that "they'll grow up with a highly developed sense of irony!"

Recommended

Delta variant has hit Israel, but health officials are optimistic
Israeli teen vaccinated
Vaccination Nation

Delta variant has hit Israel, but health officials are optimistic

Canada: At least 600 unmarked graves found at Indigenous boarding school
Indigenous graves in Canada
Oh Canada

Canada: At least 600 unmarked graves found at Indigenous boarding school

Biden administration plans to evacuate Afghans who assisted U.S. military
U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2006.
leaving afghanistan

Biden administration plans to evacuate Afghans who assisted U.S. military

Italian journalist reporting on missing toddler finds the boy
A helicopter flies over an Italian forest.
right place right time

Italian journalist reporting on missing toddler finds the boy

Most Popular

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats
Trump rally.
The big lie

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats