NATICK, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) will hold a public meeting followed immediately by a formal public hearing on Thursday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., at the Lebowitz Meeting Hall (Lower Level), Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, to discuss a proposed cleanup plan to address contaminated sediment in the South Pond of Lake Cochituate that is associated with the Soldier Systems Center (SSC).
The meeting will formally kick-off a 30-day public comment period that will end on June 16. Public input is important to the Army. Community members are encouraged during this period to review the proposed clean-up plan, submit questions and concerns, and make recommendations regarding the proposed plan.
During the public meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Army representatives will discuss the proposed clean-up plan. Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will join Army officials in answering questions and addressing any concerns the public may have.
At 7 p.m., the formal public hearing will begin where attendees can formally address questions to Army representatives to be included in a transcript that will become part of the final decision for the proposed actions.
Copies of the proposed plan describing the Army's proposed actions will be available starting May 18 at the public information repository maintained at the Morse Institute Library. Copies may also be obtained from the U.S. Army Natick SSC Public Affairs Office at (508) 233-5340.
To comment formally:
1. Offer oral comments during the public hearing that will be part of the May 21, 2009 public meeting.
2. Send written comments postmarked no later than June 16, 2009 to:
Mr. James Connolly
Environmental and Health Office
U.S. Army Garrison Natick
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.