2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 4 Oct 2004 02:21:14 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Mass. Nike site
Neighbors say dirt decision rushed 
Don't want fill dumped on former Nike site

By Christina Pazzanese
Boston Globe 
October 3, 2004

Angry residents are raising new questions about the Needham School
Committee's decision last month to allow contractors to dump 60,000
cubic yards of dirt excavated during the high school renovation on the
former Nike missile site.

Neighbors along Pine and Charles River streets say the decision was
rushed and made without thorough testing of the site for contamination.

A study conducted by GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., a firm hired by the
Permanent Public Building Committee over the summer, concluded the site
was "suitable" for accepting dirt and "could allow for redevelopment,"
provided the town cleaned up lead contamination found near a police
firing range.

Neighbors maintain the firm's study was too narrow in scope to declare
the site safe for public use as playing fields or a school.

"We believe it's contaminated," said Carol Donnelly, who helped organize
a meeting of 40 neighbors last week to talk about the issue.


for the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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