UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Corporations prepare to clean up lead and chromium contamination in Mill River

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Corporations prepare to clean up lead and chromium contamination in Mill River

Fairfielders have long been concerned with lead contamination in Mill River, and Linda Snelham-Moore — who lives on the western bank just north of I-95 — is worried that proposed remedial plans will fail to clean up the mess. Mill River is the longest in Fairfield, stretching from Southport Harbor 16 miles north to the Easton Reservoir, and dividing downtown Fairfield and Southport.
A year after closing the doors of its battery factory in 1981 — now a vacant 6.2-acre lot at 2190 Post Road — Exide Group Inc. was ordered by the state to remove 4,100 cubic yards of lead-contaminated sediment from nearby Mill River. Correspondence among the company, the state and several research agencies has been ongoing for more than 30 years, and produced the October 2011 "Remedial Action Plan for Lead Impacted River Sediments." Within this proposal, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Exide Group Inc. set certain criteria of acceptable lead concentrations, chose methods for extracting and handling contaminated sediment, and divided the river into formalized area maps.
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