Tuesday, September 21, 2004

SECRET REPORT ON TOXIC HAZARDS AT BELMONT

Los Angeles, CA. District Attorney Steve Cooley has yet to make public the “secret report” he cited as proof there are no environmental risks on the LAUSD million Belmont Learning Center site. According to Ed Scott who served on Cooley’s Task Force investigating Belmont, a member of the District Attorney’s staff hired the consulting company who prepared the report without the guidance from oil, gas, and environmental experts serving on the investigation Task Force.

When asked why the District Attorney would not want to reveal the results of the environmental report, Scott said he was more concerned about why the Task Force experts investigating Belmont never saw the report. Based upon references in Steve Cooley’s 2003 Final Investigative Report on Belmont, Scott said it appears they didn’t actually do soil sampling and soil testing which would determine if methane gas and hydrogen sulfide or other dangerous chemicals and carcinogens are present.

Full Disclosure has requested a copy of the "secret report" from the D.A.'s office and a response is pending.

This part two of the Ed Scott interview with Leslie Dutton on the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 via Streaming Video at http://www.fulldisclosure.net For the first 30 days the program will be provided to viewers FREE as a public service and thereafter available online in the program catalog. The program will also be featured on 40 cable systems throughout California for the next six months.

Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton has been conducting a series of interviews entitled “BELMONT: The World's Most Expensive High School". Costs to date for the development are $175 million. The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for demolition, reconstruction and completion of the on the Belmont campus, which was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and other toxic substances. Unbudgeted remediation cost estimates vary from $14 million to $107 million. On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 the LAUSD board approved the project’s environmental impact report, paving the way for completion of the stymied project.

This program and other Belmont programs can be viewed at http://www.fulldisclosure.net via video streaming on demand.

A cable channel guide with airtimes is available here on our website.

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