A known carcinogen, Tetrachloroethylene is a chemical often used as a solvent for dry cleaning, and now fugitive traces of PERC can be found in many places around the city, including brownfields in The Bronx.
During the Fall 2022 semester, Lehman College journalism students conducted an investigation on the prevalence of toxic brownfield sites in The Bronx. Using public information, research into federal lobbying records and interviews with experts and residents, the student journalists set out to understand how this contamination happened and why progress towards remediation was so slow.
The lot where the project is being planned, just feet away from two elementary schools, once was the site of a thermometer factory.
But key parts of the rezoning, which was shelved in 2016 over concerns about infrastructure and flight paths, remain off the table.
The current brownfield cleanup program does not allocate enough units for low-income housing.