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Development and Environmental Issues that Impact the Alewife Region of North Cambridge, Massachusetts
(including the proposed development of the W. R. Grace site)
More than 335 pages - more than 340,000 words - in more than 235 documents - including 6 maps.
Meetings (upcoming and recent), Background, and History
(on this page)
- updated Wednesday, March 30, 2005
This website was last updated March 30, 2005. It remains as a record.
March 30, 2005
Letters from State Representatives Anne Paulsen and Alice Wolf
February 10, 2005
Indictment — W. R. Grace and 7 high-ranking employees (including O. Mario Favorito, chief legal counsel) for hiding cancer risk of Libby, Montana mine
W. R. Grace revised Activity and Use Limitation — Links to 4 PDF files on this website and the accompanying email.
Asbestos and other toxic materials were found at the W. R. Grace Site,
which is next to Russell Field, where many children play. Construction planned for the W. R. Grace Site can stir up asbestos, affecting these children and the entire neighborhood.
Background and History — by subject
by time, (below, on this page)
Meetings and Events - upcoming
Tuesday, March 29, 4 pm, Cambridge City Hall (Sullivan Chamber)
The Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to review the current status of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan for the W.R. Grace Alewife site on file with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, in particular W.R. Grace's proposed exit strategy and the community response to that proposal.
Meetings and Events - recent
W. R. Grace public meeting - RTN 3-0277
December 16, 2004 at W. R. Grace, Cambridge
(Flyer and press release are Adobe Acrobat files. When printing flyer select "shrink oversized pages to paper size" or similar printer option.)
Events sponsored/publicized in whole or part by Friends of Alewife Reservation are listed at friendsofalewifereservation.org/events.htm. For information or to volunteer contact Ellen Mass (617) 547-1944, firstname.lastname@example.org
W. R. Grace - asbestos - Libby, Montana
- in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Includes links to articles and to related link pages.
"Almost everyone believes that the mining, production, sale and use of asbestos in America has been banned. They're wrong. Since November 1999 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has published a series of reports on the continuing risks posed by the nation's asbestos legacy."
copyright 1999-2000 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Maps of W. R. Grace site, Cambridge MA (and nearby areas)
Overview - W. R. Grace site - planned construction, asbestos, other contaminants, floodplain
Brief history, 1919 - now
Detailed information from community feedback
W. R. Grace Site Advisory Committee, 1996, report
Public Health and Contamination
Protecting Kids from Asbestos
Asbestos protection ordinance - full text
Asbestos protection ordinance background
Asbestos manufactured at W. R. Grace site
W. R. Grace's sampling plan incomplete - 1998
Other websites on health risks and legal actions
Wetlands and Flooding
Improving Cambridge's wetland protection laws
Wetlands / wildlife - W. R. Grace site
Flooding could cause basement contamination
Flooding and Oaktree Development
Government meetings, communications, and candidates
(city, state, and federal; 1995 - now)
Other Alewife events
sponsored by groups or people not affiliated with the Alewife Study Group.
" Grace Co. fought asbestos label...Insulation maker feared that a warning would hurt sales..." Boston Globe, Feb. 14, 2000
Other websites on W. R. Grace's toxic problems
Groups working to preserve Alewife area
link to a member's website
Background and History — by time
Asbestos and $: W. R. Grace in Cambridge
Asbestos and $: W. R. Grace in Montana, mesothelioma cancer, and more
Contact the Alewife Study Group, North Cambridge Massachusetts, by email at email@example.com
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