While excavating soil at the Atlantic Yards construction site, workers discovered several small vials of arsenic, Atlantic Yards Report reports. The state says the situation is under control: all affected soil has been contained and “will be inspected daily to ensure secure containment and compliance with the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan,” reads a report from Forest City Ratner. Other areas of the site will be tested to ensure that no surrounding or underlying soil was contaminated.
In the next two or three weeks, the soil will be removed, treated and disposed of by a facility in Belleville, MI. “Until then,” a spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corporation told Norman Oder, “the soil is stored onsite and is sealed on top of and under plastic.”
Where vials of arsenic came from, nobody knows. A voo-doo ritual to “poison” the project, perhaps? Nice try, anyway.