Landfill Conditions Should be Documented
Letter to the editor from Heather Graf.
In the September 12, 2012 Sun Chronicle article titled: ‘Wrangling Over Landfill Fight’, I take issue with one paragraph:
“The material (which EndCap proposes to haul in) is considered slightly contaminated, but is not nearly as contaminated as what is already in the dump, and is a threat to leach into groundwater if the dump is not capped, according to DEP.” If that is the case, MassDEP needs to document it in writing.
While there is indeed paperwork listing the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): including dangerous carcinogenic chemicals in the ‘Phase A’ Mound, and US EPA has documented that there is leaching from the ALI ‘Phase A’ Mound into the Shpack Superfund Site, that portion of ALI has been capped and certified by DEP.
EndCap’s One Million, Two Hundred Thousand Tons of additional ‘Slightly’ Contaminated (by their own admission) Debris would be piled onto what appears to be a low and level, relatively benign 10 acre parcel of overgrown wetlands.
On September 12th, I e-mailed an urgent letter to MassDEP, requesting that the Department immediately clarify conditions at the ALI ‘Phase B’ Parcel – including: What specific types of materials were dumped there, when and by whom, the volume of foreign materials, and the current elevation of the site. What dangerous substances has DEP detected in this ‘Phase B’ portion of the landfill, and what evidence is there of any contaminants leaching from this Site into groundwater?
This critical information should have been included in the Department’s ‘Site History’. And these questions need to be answered in writing by DEP before any further speculation becomes the basis for conclusions on EndCap’s Proposal. What exactly needs fixing in the ‘Phase B’ Site, other than application of a minimum clean cap?
For the record: The position of our ‘Citizens Advisory Shpack Team’ is that there are no longer concessions the Project Proponent can offer that will satisfy us. In 2012, the representative for EndCap has lied on more than one occasion.
CAST will not deal (on any level) with parties which have proven to be untrustworthy.
If EndCap continues to pursue this ALI Dumping Project, we have 100 sign frames, donors to defray the cost of production, supporters who have volunteered their yards, and a message: ‘No Incoming Haz Mats’.
Heather Graf, Coordinator
‘Citizens Advisory Shpack Team’