2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:22:48 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA: Natick Labs (MA) plan for Lake Cochituate
Natick Labs presents contamination cleanup plan

By Charlie Breitrose
MetroWest Daily News (MA)
June 10, 2009

Army officials last night presented their plan to remove PCBs from a Superfund site in Lake Cochituate caused by the Natick Labs facility, and agreed to extend the period of time for residents to comment on the plan.

The contamination found in sediment in the Pegan Cove section of the lake came from a broken electrical transformer at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in the 1980s, Army officials said.

The PCB levels were not found to be high enough to be dangerous for swimmers, but the levels found in fish exceeds federal Environmental Protection Agency limits.

The plan selected would remove between half a foot to a foot of sediment in areas containing higher concentrations of PCBs. Sediments would be dredged and the material sucked out, then put in large bags that lets water, but not the particles, out. When dried, the sediment would be taken away to be disposed.


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