At yesterday’s town hall meeting, the shura dispelled rumors that the ground water and soil at the new campus is toxic or contaminated. Woodmont Academy conducted extensive water table and soil studies and the Howard County government approved the property to be used for children. During their early study of documents related to the property (the shura has every electronic and paper document related to the property in its possession) the shura learned of a Maryland Department of the Environment memo regarding the soil having traces of diesel fuel (hydrocarbons). This was due to the fact that the property was used as a Howard County Fire and Rescue training site before Woodmont purchased it. As part of their site plan approval process, Woodmont was required to remedy that issue, and that remedy was made, studied and approved of by Howard County, after which Howard County allowed them to use the property. Nevertheless — out of an abundance of caution and care for the community — Dar-us-Salaam will still be conducting its own soil and water testing using the most
experienced engineers and specialists in the region. Rumors concerning high cancer rates, agent orange, bio-warfare contamination, etc have no factual basis.