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Dirty dirt on way out of South Norwalk

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An excavator works Tuesday at the City Carting Meadow Street transfer station in South Norwalk. (Contributed photo.)

NORWALK, Conn. – Contaminated soil is being removed from a South Norwalk parking lot in a plan revealed to the public in April 2013.

The remediation at the City Carting transfer station at 8-18 Meadow St. began Tuesday. It was one of five polluted Meadow Street properties owned by Meadow Street Partners LLC (a real estate entity formed by several City Carting principals) that were discussed by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) officials and licensed environmental professionals in the 2013 public hearing, after which one woman called the plans “putting a Band-Aid on a lethal wound because it’s convenient.” At the time, officials said most of the work would be done by that fall.

Although they are owned by Meadow Street Partners LLC, the cleanup is being paid for by Waste Management of Connecticut, the former owner. The property at 36 Meadow St. was the worst, with PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) left over from its time as Demilo Brothers scrap iron salvage. Officials said that work was expected to be done in 2014 at the latest.

“I assume that Waste Management was waiting for DEEP’s determination (approval) on the proposed engineered control before performing any of the work necessary to implement its use. DEEP issued its response to public comments and approval of the proposed engineered control for 8 – 18 Meadow Street on July 31, 2014,” DEEP Remediation Division Environmental Analyst Jeffrey Wilcox said in an email. He described the work now being down thusly:

“Excavation is being performed at 8-18 Meadow Street to remove shallow soils polluted with petroleum hydrocarbons.  Following the excavation of these soils, the construction of the engineered control for this area will completed.

“These excavations, and the completion of the engineered control, are part of the effort to bring the property into compliance with the Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations.  The other significant part of the remedial plan is to record an Environmental Land Use Restriction on the Norwalk Land Records to restrict the property to industrial/ commercial uses, prohibit the disturbance of the site building and paved surfaces, and soils greater than one foot below grade in the landscaped areas.

“The actions being performed at 8–18 Meadow Street are part of the remedial plan discussed for that property at the April 2013 public meeting, and are detailed in a Remedial Action Plan for the property on file with the Norwalk Public Library.”

The April 2013 meeting also discussed remedial plans for 30B Meadow St. and 30-32 and 120 Meadow St..

“In fall 2013, several hundred cubic yards of lead contaminated soil was removed from the 30 B Meadow Street property.  The removal of this soil was discussed at the April 2013 public meeting and is detailed in a Remedial Action Plan for the property on file with the Norwalk Public Library,” Wilcox said.

“There are remedial actions still to be performed at the properties before they will be compliant with the Connecticut Remediation Standards.  Waste Management is obligated to complete actions necessary, and I expect that they will.”

Asked about 36 Meadow St., Wilcox said, “There are a couple of pieces which need to come together before remediation will move forward:  concurrence from U.S. EPA on the investigative and remedial approach (which I believe is almost done), and DEEP has to make a determination on the proposed engineered control.  I expect these pieces will be coming together shortly.”

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2 responses to “Dirty dirt on way out of South Norwalk”

  1. John Hamlin

    Certainly this is progress. It would be great to clean up all of Meadow Street and eliminate the toxic junk yard waste dumps so close to the water and to residentIal properties (whole neighborhoods).

  2. Scott

    NoN i wonder if you could research and answer a question I’ve had as to who’s responsibility bringing the sight into compliance is. A couple of year ago there was a proposal by Hal Alvord to lease the property from Meadow Street Partners LLC for $1 and become the permittee for hauling solid waste the property. I want to know if the city would have been responsible for this site remediation or the property owners. It was rushed to a vote but thankfully blocked by the efforts of then council person Amanda Brown who was consequently publicly chastised for “going outside the bid process”. I have attempted to find an answer but have come up short.

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