PHOENIX — A Phoenix school district has rejected allowing a pipeline under
an elementary school in a proposal worth thousands of dollars.
KTVK-TV reported the Balsz School District board voted
unanimously against a plan for Freescale Semiconductor to build a pipeline
carrying treated wastewater by Brunson-Lee Elemetnary School.
Superintendent Jeff Smith said the trust from the community was more important
than the financial benefit of the plan.
Freescale had offered to pay the district $20,000 a year in rent.
Parents and community residents said they are concerned about the risk of
carcinogenic toxins leaking from the plant’s equipment, despite assurances from
state and federal environmental agencies.
The pipeline would have aided in the cleanup of a Superfund site that belonged
to Motorola. The site started leaking toxic chemicals in 1982.
Information from: KTVK-TV, http://www.azfamily.com/