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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:04:19 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Portland, Maine dredge spoils
Coast Guard station area proposed as burial site for contaminated soil from harbor

By Penelope Overton
Portland Press-Herald (ME)
April 25, 2017

An advisory group wants to bury contaminated soil dredged from the Portland Harbor waterfront under the muddy shallows near the Coast Guard Station in South Portland.

The group of municipal and harbor officials and a team of grant-funded consultants chose the South Portland site as the preferred location of Maine’s first confined aquatic disposal – or CAD – cell from among a half-dozen candidates, concluding the 5-acre spot sandwiched between two other dredged areas was the only viable alternative, said Bill Needelman, Portland’s waterfront coordinator.

Over the last year, other potential sites have been rejected for various reasons, such as their value as a clam seeding, migratory bird nesting or lobster fishing territory; their proximity to a navigational channel; or their too-shallow depth, which might leave too much of the site exposed at low tide, said Needelman. “All the other sites faced opposition,” Needelman said. “The (Coast Guard) site was the last one standing.”


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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