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OFFICE OF THE
May 24, 2000
Mr. Joseph J. Joseph
Alewife Study Group
20 Kassul Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
Dear Mr. Joseph:
Thank you for your letter of April 12, requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "immediately intervene and directly oversee the asbestos contamination investigation and remediation procedures at the W. R. Grace (Grace) property at 62 Whittemore Ave. and adjacent Russell Field".
In order to address your concerns, those of other Cambridge residents, and the Alewife Study Group, the Superfund Removal Program will perform a Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection at the North Cambridge facility. The goal of this Removal Site Evaluation will be to determine whether conditions at the site meet the criteria for a removal action, which are listed in the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan (detailed in 40 CFR 300.415 (b)(2) (i-viii)). The evaluation's schedule depends on several factors including laboratory and contractor availability, site access and sampling. An On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) has been assigned to carry out this evaluation, and will be in touch with you to get your input on this matter.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. If you require further information, you may contact David Mcintyre, Chief of the Site Evaluation and Response Section I, at (617) 918-1281, or OnScene Coordinator Mary Ellen Stanton at (617) 918-1256.
Sincerely[ signature ]
Mindy S. Lubber
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