SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: March 12, 2007
Army schedules public meeting, public hearing to discuss proposed environmental cleanup plan
NATICK, Mass. --- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) will hold a public meeting followed immediately by a formal public hearing on Thursday, March 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Natick Police Station on 20 East Central Street, to discuss the proposed environmental clean-up plan of three sites on the military installation.
The meeting will formally kick-off a 30-day public comment period where community members can review the proposed clean-up plan, submit questions and concerns, and make recommendations regarding the proposed clean-up.
Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will join Army officials at the meeting to answer questions and address concerns.
During the public meeting, Army representatives will discuss the proposed clean-up plan. Immediately following the presentation, the Army will begin a formal public hearing and comment session where comments, concerns, and preferences will be recorded and will become part of the final decision for the proposed actions.
The three sites to be discussed include Buildings T-62, T-68, and the Former Proposed Gymnasium Site.
Buildings T-62 and T-68 are corrugated metal buildings with concrete floors, each 20 feet by 20 feet. They were used to store hazardous materials and chemicals until the summer of 1991. The buildings are still in use as storage for non-hazardous materials.
Clean-up of soil contamination at Buildings T-62 and T-68 has been completed. In 2005, the Army excavated approximately 170 tons of soil around these structures to remove petroleum hydrocarbons and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
The Former Proposed Gymnasium Site (FPGS) is an undeveloped lot on the installation. It consists primarily of grass and some concrete that is part of an existing parking lot. Historically, the site was used as a parking lot, a helicopter landing pad, and a petroleum, oil, and lubricant bladder test site. Currently, there are no testing activities being conducted at the site.
In 2002, the Army excavated about 1,230 tons of soil from the FPGS to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and metals. In addition, approximately 56,800 gallons of water were excavated, treated, and discharged on site.
These three sites continued to be monitored as part of SSC's remediation program.
Copies of the proposed clean-up plan will be available at the meeting. Copies will also be available at the public information repository maintained at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick. Finally, interested parties can also get copies by contacting the Public Affairs Office at 508-233-5340.
To submit formal comments:
1. Attend the March 15 Meeting and present oral comments during the public hearing.
2. Send written comments, postmarked no later than April 16, to:
Environmental, Safety and Health Office
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center
Natick, MA 01760-5049
3. Written comments may also be sent to Connolly by fax at (508) 233-5393 or by email at James.B.Connolly@us.army.mil
For additional information about the clean-up program at the SSC, please visit the EPA's site repository and web page at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r1/npl_pad.nsf/31c4fec03a0762d285256bb80076489c/3dd14ad2eb18e10c8525691f0063f6d9!OpenDocument