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An Informational Public Meeting will be held June 22nd, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Plainfield Town Hall Auditorium
Dated: May 22, 2015
Release Date: For Immediate Release
Contacts: Shelley Hopkins, Economic Development and Grant Administration
860-230-3003 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Former InterRoyal Site in Plainfield Subject of Study
EPA Grant-Funded Environmental Study to Determine Clean-Up Costs
(PLAINFIELD) - Beginning in early June, Plainfield residents may notice activity on the former InterRoyal Mill site on Reservoir Street in Plainfield. A grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency is funding an environmental study to determine costs associated with the clean-up of hazardous building materials, soil, ground water, and sediment.
"This abandoned site continues to pose a public health and safety threat;" commented Shelley Hopkins, Economic Development Coordinator and Grants Administrator for the Town of Plainfield. "However, once clean-up recommendations and costs are determined, the 16.6 acre property will present significant potential for the right developer. We are excited to begin this important step."
BL Companies, an engineering firm based in Meriden, has been engaged to conduct the environmental study. John Meyer, BL Companies Manager of Northeast Environmental Operations, is leading the project. Meyer is a licensed environmental professional (LEP), an expert in conducting safe environmental studies that produce meaningful information, and is also a resident of Plainfield.
"This site has been investigated at least six times since the 1980s, so we know the nature and approximate extent of contamination," stated Meyer. "Our work will result in a report that will recommend a plan for remediation with a reasonably accurate cost to clean up the site, which is a necessity for attracting potential developers. As a professional and a resident, I share the community vision to see this site rehabilitated into a safe, renewed, and vibrant parcel of property."
As work commences, the Town of Plainfield has developed a communications plan to keep residents informed of progress. This plan includes updated information that will be available on the town website at www.plainfieldct.org/plan4progress; fact sheets that will be available at the town hall and other community sites; and an informational public meeting being planned for June 22, 2015.
"We want to assure that people have every opportunity to ask questions and get answers," said Hopkins. "In addition to information being released to the media and posted on our town website and at the town hall, we will have representatives available at the June 22nd meeting to address any issues related to the site, grant, activities, and the health and safety of our residents. We will provide more details on the meeting in the coming weeks."
For more information, contact 860-230-3003 or visit www.plainfieldct.org/plan4progress.
2015 Proposed Timeline of Activities at InterRoyal Site
Early June: Brush clearing to access areas of site work
Mid June – Mid July: BL Companies field crews begin collecting samples from the site to
help determine costs associated with clean-up
August: Site samples are analyzed
September/October: Writing, editing, and review of report
November/December: Release of report with recommendations for clean-up of site andassociated costs