Dear Editor: It was recently reported that Madison-Kipp is moving slowly to investigate and remove polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB contamination, in the community rain garden along the Capital City Trail bike path. For those familiar with Kipp and the Superfund site beneath its factory, this should come as no surprise.
In 2006, students from White Horse Middle School happily worked in the mud to plant over 2,000 wetland and prairie plants and create the rain garden. Kipp knew their property was contaminated, yet failed to warn anyone and prevent kids from immersing themselves in contaminated soil. Since then, the rain garden has been scraped away and re-contaminated several times as Kipp sleepily looks for the cause. Plastic, falling-down fences in the meantime have done little to keep children, especially those at the Goodman Center, out of the contaminated soil.
Not long ago Kipp paid $7 million to settle a lawsuit over its dumping of PCB solvent. In that case, city and state officials were found to be complicit in Kipp’s foot-dragging over two decades, allowing solvent to spread into adjacent homes and our drinking water. We once again find the health department defending Kipp rather than protecting our children and demanding immediate cleanup. Perhaps Kipp is just waiting for another lawsuit before acting responsibly.
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