SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: October 18, 2006
Army to begin additional environmental clean-up
NATICK, Mass. --- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) is beginning another clean-up project on post as part of its environmental remediation effort.
SSC officials said that ICF International will begin removal action of soil around Bldg. 14 and former Bldg. 13 area near the northwest part of the installation.
Work is expected to begin this month and will be completed by mid December. Work will be done Monday through Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ICF International will clean the area to residential standards defined by the Commonwealth of Mass. The clean up will include:
Excavate PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons), pesticide, and metals contaminated soil
Demolition of the former Bldg. 13 concrete foundation
Confirmatory soil and waste characterization sampling
Transport soils and demolition debris to licensed off-site treatment/disposal facility
Backfilling and site restoration (repaving or reseeding)
Both buildings were constructed in 1954.
Bldg. 13, which was removed except for the foundation in the 1990s, was used as an incinerator for classified paperwork. The area was also used to mix pesticides and to wash vehicles.
Bldg. 14 was used for vehicle and equipment maintenance. It also housed administrative offices, and was used for heavy equipment storage, vehicle refueling, and metal parts and brush cleaning.
The U.S. Army SSC was named to the National Environmental Protection Agency’s “Superfund” list in May 1994. Since then, SSC officials -- working with the U.S. EPA, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, and the community-based Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) -- have initiated several projects to remediate contaminated areas on the installation and to prevent future contamination.
For additional information about the clean-up program at the SSC, please visit the EPA’s site repository and web page at:
For more information about the Restoration Advisory Board, please call Jim Connolly in the SSC Environmental office at: 508-233-5550.