UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Plans to dredge lead from Mill River face more questions

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Plans to dredge lead from Mill River face more questions

Exide Group Inc.'s proposal to dredge lead-contaminated sediment from the Mill River continued to be scrutinized by town officials Wednesday night, and they plan to bring their concerns to state elected officials.
"I think we ought to pursue some kind of contact with the first selectman's office in terms of having legislators and the governor intercede to make sure our interests are really protected," Robert Bilek, vice chairman of the town's Shellfish Commission, said toward the end of a 90-minute meeting with two state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials in Sullivan-Independence Hall. "It, in effect, may come to nothing, but it's worth at least showing our face over there."
"It seems there are a lot of groups involved in this, which is fine. The more, the merrier," Bilek added.
The Shellfish Commission voted unanimously to have Sanford J. Wakeman, Jr., its chairman, and Bilek meet with First Selectman Michael Tetreau about the concerns, which include dredging during spawning season; the use of a hydraulic cutterhead dredge instead of a cofferdam; the protection of life in the river; how long dredging would last each day, and monitoring of water discharged back into the river after contaminated sediment is removed. READ MORE:

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