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Red Line poses health threat, too [Letter]

The recent commentary concerning Harbor Point and the hexavalent chromium clearly describes the potential harm to the surrounding residents, but there is another issue that should be of a greater concern ("Harbor Point environmental questions," Dec. 2).

The single monitoring well in Back Bay at the Living Classroom Foundation campus, just north of the Harbor Point site, has at least 40,000 times the concentration of hexavalent chromium that is penetrating the surrounding soil.

Herein lies the problem. The proposed Red Line is slated to tunnel underground right near this area of contamination, and when the digging starts, this contaminated dirt will be disturbed. The air will fill with contaminates exposing residents to harm.

Although there is a plan to test the current air quality around this area, there is no stated plan to test the water in this well or the soil.

The Red Line is being pushed by the administrations of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake without regard to the health and safety of the citizens living in this area. Maybe they think the Affordable Care Act will take care of the potential sicknesses from their lack of concern.

There is a reason this site was capped, and it wasn't to allow developers to penetrate the cap and disturb the hexavalent chromium, exposing citizens to potential harm.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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