Spring 2020--Summer 2020
At Industri-plex, EPA and MassDEP continue to oversee the settling defendant's preparation and recording of institutional controls on individual properties at the site. EPA, with MassDEP support, prepared a 2018 Explanation of Significant Difference (ESD) allowing residential use at 120 Commerce Way (with conditions) and 200 Presidential Way. EPA and MassDEP also oversee proposed redevelopment projects at the Industri-plex Site to ensure compliance with the remedy and institutional controls, and ensure public health and environment remain protected, including recently approving the redevelopment Work Plan for 120 Commerce Way. Operable Unit (OU) 1 and OU2 remedies continue to function as designed and are in compliance (e.g. gas collection and treatment system on top of the East Hide Pile; Hall Brook Holding Area Pond continues to treat ammonia, arsenic and benzene). In May 2019, EPA issued a Five Year Review Report for the Industri-plex Site, which identified a few issues and recommendations. EPA expects the settling parties to address the issues in accordance with the Report's schedule. Here is a link to the FYR Report. https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/01/632847.pdf
At Wells G&H, progress continues at the site. EPA, MassDEP and settling defendants continue to progress with OU1 cleanup at the five source area properties (i.e. UniFirst, Grace, New England Plastics, Wildwood and Olympia Nominee Trust), as well as the OU2 Central Area RI/FS (planning Phase 1B field investigation). EPA and MassDEP oversaw the safe redevelopment of 369 Washington Street to ensure the on-going remedy on the property and public health and environment remain protected. EPA and Department of Justice continue negotiations with potentially responsible parties to implement OU4 Remedial Design and Remedial Action in accordance with the September 2017 Record of Decision. In May 2019, EPA issued a Five Year Review Report for the Wells G&H Site, which identified a few issues and recommendations. EPA expects the settling parties to address the issues in accordance with the Report's schedule. Here is a link to the FYR Report. https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/01/635488.pdf
I anticipate over the next 24 months that Wells G&H OU2 field investigations will be implemented to support a central area baseline risk assessment, Remedial Investigation Report and Feasibility Report and EPA future cleanup decision (Record of Decision) for OU2. I also anticipate over the next 24 months that Wells G&H OU4 remedial design will begin at the Southwest Properties.
On March 19, 2019 ASC participated in the interview review for the Superfund Sites; Industri-Plex and G&H Well site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of completing the fifth Five-Year Review (FYR) of the Wells G&H Superfund Site in Woburn, Massachusetts. An important part of the FYR is information obtained from interviews with members of the community and other project stakeholders. TRC, EPA’s contractor for the Wells G&H Site.
On June 14,2018 the EPA issued the (final) Industri-plex OU-1 Explanation of Significant Difference (ESD), which permits residential use at the 120 Commerce Way (with conditions) and 200 Presidential Way properties: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/01/627459.pdf The ESD includes Attachment 2 - Responsiveness Summary, which includes ASC comments and EPA's responses (See ESD page 27 of 135). A copy of the comments and responses can be found in the reports section of this website
ASC issues comments to the proposed ESD for the Industri-Plex OU1 site. A full text of these comments can be found on the reports section of this site.
EPA issues a draft ESD for the Industri-Plex OU-1, with a 14 day comment period. A full text of the request can be down loaded from the reports section of this site.
EPA Issues Record of Decision on the Southwest properties (Wells G&H Site)
A full text of the Record of decision can be downloaded from the reports section of this site
EPA Issues responses to ASC Comments to the proposed plan for the SWP of the G&H Well Superfund Site
A full test of these responses can be down loaded from the reports section of this site.
EPA Issues Closeout Report for the Industri-plex Operable Unit Superfund Site
A full text of the Closeout Report can be downloaded from the reports section of this site.
ASC Comments to the Proposed Plan for the SWP of the G&H Wells Superfund Sites
Of primary importance with respect to the cleanup of the SWP are two questions. First, will the proposed plan work? And secondly will the result be a site safe for both current and anticipated future uses of the properties?
A full text of ASC comments can be downloaded from the reports section of this site.
EPA Issues a Cleanup Proposal for the SWP of the G&H Well Sites
The proposed plan is for the cleanup of soil, groundwater, non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL), and wetland sediment/soil contamination within the Southwest Properties (SWP) at the G&H Superfund Site. A full text of this report can be downloaded from the reports section of this site.
Aberjona Nature Trail Opens
The Aberjona Nature Trail provides a place for passive recreation, education, and enjoyment of the outdoors. This new Conservation Area contains a nature trail near a diverse wetland with many public benefits. It offers a place for people to enjoy nature walking, bird watching, wildlife observation, photography, exercise, and reconnecting with nature The acquisition and development of the nature trail was made possible by the City of Woburn partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and private companies. The nature trail was created as part of a successful restoration project that included site cleanup, removal of construction debris, creation of flood storage areas, and the restoration of wildlife habitat enriched with native plantings. The Aberjona Nature Trail is located on the left side of Rifle Range Road coming from Salem Street, Woburn, MA.
ASC Amends Technical Advisor Contract
ASC exercised its option to extend the term of the Technical Advisor Contract with CDM Smith through May 31, 2020.
EPA Extends ASC TAG Grant Period of Performance
EPA has granted an extension of the TAG between EPA and ASC through May 31, 2020.