2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 23:02:14 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Glen Park vapor intrusion, Somerville, Massachusetts
No easy way to decontaminate
68 Glen Park homes in peril

By Danielle Dreilinger
Boston Globe (MA)
July 20, 2008

To protect yourself against pollution, Cambridge songwriter Tom Lehrer once recommended, "don't drink the water and don't breathe the air."

The latter may be necessary for some Glen Park residents, who have started protecting their houses from a plume formed by the toxic chemical percholoethylene six years after inspectors discovered the problem.

A report filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection last week describes the full extent of the contaminated site, which the department considers one of the most serious in its purview.

About 40 people met on July 10 in the Capuano School - which itself has systems protecting six classrooms from the chemical - for a briefing by Tufts University professor Anne Marie Desmarais.


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Lenny Siegel
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