The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 4, 2000


Cleanup underway on Concord St.

The board of health listened intently on July 18 as Jeffrey Morrissette of H-Star engineering presented plans to clean up the toxic waste at 106 Concord Street. "There is junk in actual wetlands consisting of paint cans, car parts and junk metal," explained Morrissette. "The plan is to remove the small debris by hand first, so that we can see what else is there, make a map of what is found and at what depth. It is hard to come up with a definite plan until we know the extent of the contamination. If we encounter scrap metal at a four-foot level, it might be desirable to leave it there rather than to further disturb the wetlands." A metal detector will be used to look for metal in the wetlands.

Board of health agent Linda Fantasia asked Morrissette who is actually managing the cleanup, H-Star or the site professional Pine and Swallow. Morrissette replied that he would be on the site managing the cleanup with one other person who would actually be doing the removal. Morrissette would then provide a report to Pine and Swallow and the board of health on his findings. A couple of deep holes might be dug to look for more debris, depending upon what is found after the hand cleanup. As of now, H-Star doesn't have the conservation commission's permission to bring in equipment to dig deep holes.

Until the initial removal is done, the site would not be considered a 21E site such as defined by the department of environmental protection. If it turns out that equipment is required to move automotive motors or something large, that status could change. ConsCom administrator Sylvia Willard, who was present at the meeting, explained that the commission was reasonably happy with the approach. She did not feel hay bales should be used due to concerns about hay seeds contaminating some sensitive vegetation.

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