800 Tons of Contamination
Nothing like building a new police station on a potential EPA superfund site:
- There are allegations that the City of Chicago is cutting corners when it comes to safety at the site of the new 12th District Police Station. The dispute concerns the handling of asbestos, and whether the city's actions have put workers and nearby residents at risk.
When it's done, the city says the building itself will be "green" -- energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
In the meantime, though, DT Boring owner Tom Shelton, who is helping to build the station's geothermal heating system, claims the project has become an environmental nightmare. Shelton has 36 years of experience, and he said he has never seen a project mismanaged as badly as the Chicago Public Building Commission, or PBC, has handled this one.
And the final outcome?
- "We've encountered hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs, we've had to lay off our employees, we're basically on the verge of being broke," Shelton said. "We are a fifth generation company, and this may be our last project."
More unemployed workers, thanks to City incompetence.
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