ASG Community Meeting Sunday Jan 31, 4:30pm Register Below

ASG Jan 31 meeting: click HERE to register.
Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for visiting the Alewife Study Group’s (ASG) website. We’re so glad you’re here. We hope you find this site informative, and we invite you to get involved with ASG.

In 2020, Biotech Developer IQHQ bought the 27-acre property (formerly owned by the W.R. Grace chemical company). The site is next to Russell Field and the Alewife T station.  This property is heavily contaminated with asbestos, metals, and hydrocarbons, and is mostly in a floodplain, and includes Jerry’s Pond.

IQHQ announced their plans for the site and is holding a public meeting on Jan 21.  Click here for the IQHQ drawings and to register for the IQHQ Jan 21 meeting.

ASG held a community meeting on Jan 14, see below for our presentation (use the right bar to scroll down). To see our Jan 14, 2021 flyer translated into Bangla, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Mandarin or Spanish, click here and then scroll down. 


For the past 25 years, ASG has worked to ensure an inclusive, participatory process on quality of life issues to mitigate the risks of hazardous waste such as asbestos and other contaminants, flooding, traffic, public health, environmental justice, climate resilience and the protection of habitats and natural resources.  We seek to share what we have learned and to solicit feedback from the community on these issues.

We estimate this site has hundreds of tons of finely divided asbestos in the soil. How do we know about the volume of asbestos? Years of research, and testing of:

— 365 locations, 64 of which had asbestos (1 in 6 locations).
— More than 75% of samples where asbestos was found, contained greater than 1% (~1 lb per cubic foot).
— Asbestos was detected at greater than 1% in all zones.

ASG has been the longstanding neighborhood liaison with the property owner and we monitor the site to protect neighbors, ensuring no soil below 6 inches is disturbed and that the protocols followed. If excavation below 6” is necessary, the property owner must do so within an enclosed structure under a slight vacuum – as per the Asbestos Protection Order (similar as to what homeowners must do when removing asbestos from their homes).

Trapped asbestos fibers (buried in soil or trapped in shingles, for example) do no harm, it is only when fibers become airborne that serious public health risks are triggered. The asbestos waste on this site is not solid lumps, but is so fine that it is invisible to the eye.

We welcome your questions and comments.  Interested in volunteering or coming to a meeting? Please email us here. We’ll be in touch.

Hope to see you on Zoom on Jan 31 at 4:30pm.