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Request for EPA to oversee
asbestos contamination investigation and remediation at W. R. Grace

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE
STATE HOUSE BOSTON 02 133-1053




SENATOR STEVEN A. TOLMAN COMMITTEES
MIDDLESEX AND SUFFOLK LOCAL AFFAIRS (CHAIR)
DISTRICT BANKS AND BANKING
ROOM 2 213A FEDERAL FINANCIAL. ASS STANCE
TEL (617) 722-1280 STATE ADMINSTRATION
FAX 6l7 722-1069 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

April 21, 2000

Mindy S. Lubber Regional Administrator United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 I Congress St. Suite 1100 Boston, MA 02114-2023

I write to you in support of the request of the Alewife Study Group and the citizens of North Cambridge that the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 1, immediately intervene and directly oversee the asbestos contamination investigation and remediation procedures at the W.R. Grace property in Cambridge.

In my opinion the Environmental Protection Agency has the unique technical expertise to mitigate the contamination that is the penultimate issue in this matter. The Alewife Study Group has the results of recent tests that show a clear and immediate need for increased oversight at the Grace site. It is imperative that the E.P.A. intervene so that the contamination does not proliferate any further and so that the citizens in the neighboring community will be protected from continued exposure to contaminants.

The aforementioned tests show that particular kinds of asbestos particles from the site have been identified as nonindigenous. W. R. Grace failed to identify these contaminants in tests done on soil samples, allegedly because they failed to use tests sensitive enough to detect these deadly particulates.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the first celebration of Earth Day, we must continue to remain vigilant against corporate polluters who put profit over responsibility. Please heed the cry of these watchdog citizens and grant their urgent request to intervene in this matter. If I may be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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Steven A. Tolman



Contact the Alewife Study Group, North Cambridge Massachusetts, by email at information@alewife.org