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Opportunity for public comment
(by Oct. 30 2000)
on W. R. Grace utility trench

and brief comments by a member of the Alewife Study Group

See also:
Two detailed comment letters (Oct. 26 2000)  
One detailed comment letter (Oct. 28 2000)
Comments of Mary Ellen Stanton, EPA On-Scene Coordinator (Oct. 30 2000)


The following is from letters sent by Haley & Aldrich:

4 October 2000
File No. 10063-066

Interested Parties
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Subject:


Notice of Placement in Public Repositories
Public Comment Draft Utility Trench Excavation Release Abatement
Measure (RAM) Plan/Asbestos Soil Management Plan and
Commissioner's Draft Decision
W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This letter is to inform you of the placement of a Public Comment Draft plan entitled "Utility Trench Excavation Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan/Asbestos Soil Management Plan, W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.," dated 21 September 2000, and the Commissioner's Draft Decision on the plan in the Cambridge Main Library public repository in accordance with the Cambridge Asbestos Protection Ordinance (CAPO). The above-referenced plan was prepared in accordance with the CAPO and with 310 CMR 40.0444. Also in accordance with the CAPO, comments will be accepted on the Commissioner's Draft Decision for 20 days, starting 10 October 2000 and ending at the end of day on 30 October 2000. Please send comments on the Draft Decision to the attention of the following:

Mr. Sam Lipson Office of the Commissioner of Health and Hospitals
Cambridge Public Health Department
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Sincerely yours,
HALEY & ALDRICH, INC.
Amy B. Church
Environmental Geologist


Haley & Aldrich
465 Medford Street
Suite 2200
Boston, MA 02129-1400
Tel: 617.886.7400
Fax: 617.886.7600
www.HaleyAldrich.com

4 October 2000
File No. 10063-066

Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Office
205A Lowell Street
Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887

Attention: Ms. Patricia Donahue

Subject:

Notice of Placement in Public Repositories
Public Comment Draft Utility Trench Excavation Release Abatement
Measure (RAM) Plan/Asbestos Soil Management Plan
W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dear Ms. Donahue:

This letter is to inform you of the placement of a Public Comment Draft plan entitled "Utility Trench Excavation Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan/Asbestos Soil Management Plan, W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.," dated 21 September 2000, in five public repositories in accordance with the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) prepared for this site (RTN 3-0277). The RAM plan was prepared in accordance with 310 CMR 40.0444. Also in accordance with the PIP prepared for this site, comments will be accepted on this plan for 20 days, starting 10 October 2000 and ending at the end of day on 30 October 2000. Please send comments to my attention at the Haley & Aldrich, Inc. address listed above.

Sincerely yours,
HALEY & ALDRICH, INC.

Amy B. Church
Environmental Geologist

Enclosure

c: W.R. Grace PIP mailing list


The following is from Oct. 6 comments by a member of the Alewife Study Group:

Haley & Aldrich's new policy, according to a phone call with Amy Church, is to make only the number of copies needed to meet the letter of the law and place only those copies in each of the Public Information Repositories. This makes it much harder for people to review the information on their own time.

By the way, the repositories are: DEP, Cambridge Libraries (Main Library and North Cambridge Library), W. R. Grace, and Cambridge Community Development Department.

What is planned: a 550-foot long 5-ft by 5-ft utility trench down the alley running behind the Whittemore buildings. Recall, the highest asbestos contamination was in the area of the buildings.

They have come up with a plan, discussed it with the city, including Sam Lipson, performed sampling for asbestos, determined that there is none, and are now submitting a draft for the trench construction.


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