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Developing an old chrome-plant site


Allied Signal Inc. is entertaining proposals for developing its carcinogen-contaminated, old chromium plant on one of the Inner Harbor's most visible sites. Possibilities include houses, offices, a theater or park -- or a combination -- being built atop thickly sealed toxic soil. The corporation wants to recover some of the more than $80 million being spent to demolish the plant, seal off soil and protect the water in the Inner Harbor and thePatapsco River. Experts say such redevelopment would be a first, but some don't trust the permanence of elaborate measures being taken to protect the public.

The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Should this possibly lucrative acreage be developed at all? If developed, should appropriate health-risk warnings be required for users?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) through midnight Sunday. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.

Look for the results in tomorrow'sEvening Sun. "It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.

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