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December 2016
On December 31, 2016 ASC will apply for an extension to the grants issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the Aberjona Study Coaliton, Inc. (ASC) an extension through May 31, 2020. To date the grants total $150,000.00. 
At this point in time the EPA is completing the surface water cleanup on the Industri-Plex site. Over next few years the EPA will establish a similar plan for the Wells G&H site. ASC will expected to comment on the plans


August 2016

Recently the Aberjona Study Coalition (ASC) along with their environmental technical advisors from CDM Smith were invited to visit and to observe remedy implementation at the Industri-plex Superfund Site. We very much appreciated the opportunity to see the current status of the remedy and to interact with EPA Project Manager, Joe LeMay at the site.During the site visit we observed contractors implementing the various components of the clean-up and restoration, and judging from what we observed, progressing well in the effort.  The coffer dam structures have been installed in the Halls Brook Holding Area, which is being prepared to treat contaminated groundwater discharge.  Dredging/removal of contaminated sediments are underway in the lower portion (the secondary treatment cell).  These materials are by nature wet, and we did not observe any dust in the staging area where the sediments are loaded into trucks for off-site disposal.  Two encouraging signs were (1) the number of birds already utilizing the reconfigured Halls Brook Holding Area and (2) the amount of debris removal that EPA has removed from the wetland area adjacent to the Mass Rifle Association.  Once finished, we expect the remedy will provide a functional resource that will greatly diminish the level of contaminants flowing through the Aberjona River watershed while simultaneously providing an improved naturalized area for passive recreation activities including walking and bird watching.Joe LeMay provided information that addressed our concern over wetlands compensation.  Because the Halls Brook Holding Area is being used as part of the remedial solution, new wetlands were required to replace it.  Technically, the replacement area needed to be as large as the area taken, but this requirement was modified to allow for improvement and restoration of some existing wetland areas.  This approach was not adequately explained in the draft 100% Design Report, but per Mr. LeMay’s explanation, should be improved in the final report.  If some portion of the treatment cell continues to be used by birds, the overall improvement will be even greater.The upcoming dredging in the Cranberry Bog area will be more noticeable to the public (specifically nearby residents), but that efforts have and will be undertaken to provide notification and information.  Once the remedy is completely in place, environmental monitoring will be a key component, both in the short-term (to ensure that the system is working) and long-term (to check that it continues to work).Overall, we think the remediation is a great success story, and will be a big step forward for Woburn and communities downstream on the Aberjona River.

April, 2016
ASC Received and will comment on the Remedial Design Report part 2. This report is one of the last reports prior to the start of construction which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.









ASC Members: Former Ward 6 Alderman Mike Raymond, Linda Raymond, Former Alderman Ward 6 John Ciriello, EPA Project Manager Joe LeMay, Steve Zemba of CDM Smith



Halls Brook sediment removal behind the Cofferdam


Steve Zemba CDM Smith,  Donna Robbins ASC,Rich Lester CDM Smith, Linda Raymond ASC and Kathy Barry ASC tour the Idustri-Plex and G&H well site
Mike Raymond ASC and Joe LeMay EPA Project Manager discuss the project schedule during the June site Visit
 


September, 2014

The EPA has awarded an additional $50,000 Technical Assistance Grant to ASC on the Aberjona River combined study of the Industri-Plex and Woburn G & H Wells Sites.

July, 2013
ASC along with our Technical Assistant Cambridge Environmental, Inc. have responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with recent comments.  The EPA is in the process of viewing ASC comments.  The EPA will be submitting their response to ASC comments sometime in August 2013.  These comments will be published on this website.

Feburary 12, 2011
EPA Grants Extension to ASC TAG Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc. (ASC) a 3 year extension of their original three year $100,000 Double Technical Assistant Grant (TAG) for the Aberjona River Study, which is part of both the Industri-Plex and Wells G & H Superfund Sites in Woburn, Ma.

The Technical Assistant Grant has enabled ASC to hire a Technical Assistant, Cambridge Environmental, Inc. to (1) assist ASC to assimilate the technical information so that they can better afford over 225,000 residents who border the Aberjona River Watershed a comprehensive understanding of the present day risks to human health and the environment the Aberjona River poses from the two Woburn Superfund Sites, and (2) to assure the community that the Aberjona Watershed is and will be safe.

The Board of Directors of the Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc. include the Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc., Concerned Citizens Network, Friends of the Upper Mystic Lake, Mystic River Watershed Association, Woburn Residents Environmental Network, and Medford Boat Club. 

At this point in time, the EPA is continuing their extensive testing process and is negotiating the final work plan for this project with the Primary Responsible Parties (PRP's).

As milestones are completed, the Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc. (ASC) will announce a public meeting schedule to provide updates and share concerns of the communities involved.

March 2008 - 
EPA Grants Extension to ASC TAG Grant
The U.S. Environmental
 Protection Agency has granted the Aberjona Study Coaliton, Inc. (ASC) an extension through March 2011 of their original $100,00 Double Technical Assistant Grant (TAG) for the Aberjona River Study, which is part of both the Industri-Plex and Wells G & H Superfund Sites in Woburn, MA.

At this point in time the EPA has issued their Record of Decision (ROD).  The ROD presents the selected remedial action for both the Industri-Plex and Wells G & H Superfund Sites.  The next stip in the process will be to develoop a detailed remediation plan.  In the near future the Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc. will announce a public meeting schedule to provide updates and share concerns of the communities involved.


June 16, 2003 
EPA Awards Grant to Woburn Community Group
Boston- The U.S. environmental Protection Agency announced that it has awarded a $100,000 Technical Assistanct Grant (TAG) for the Aberjona Study which is part of both the IndustriPlex and Wells G & H Superfund sites in Woburn, MA.  When Congress wrote the Superfund law, they wisely included a provision that provides financial resources for citizens to participate in the many deciions affecting their communities, " said Robert W. Varney. "I look forward to the opprtunity tow ork with the Aberjona Study Coalition in these final years of cleanup of these two sites."

The Aberjona Study Coaliton, Inc. is pleased to have been awarded the EPA Technical Assistance Grant, said Linda Raymond, treasurer of the Aberjona River Coaliton, Inc. "A technical Assistant will assist us in assimilating the technical information so that we can better affort the 225,000 residents who border the Aberjona River Watershed a comprehensive understanding of the present day risks to human health and the environment the Aberjona River poses from the two Woburn superfund sites."

The Aberjona watershed incldes the communities of Arlington, Medford, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.  Represented on the Board of Directors of Aberjona River Study Coalition, Inc. are the Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc.l, Mystic River Watershed Association, Woburn Residents Environmental Network, Medford Boat Club,
Friends of the Upper Mystic Lake, and Concerned Citizens Network.

Recognizing the importance of community involvement and the need for citizens living near Superfund sites to be well informed, Technical Assistance Grants provide funds for qualified citizen's groups to hire independent technical advisors.

The Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc. plans to use a consultant to interpret data and reports on the upcoming remedial investigation, feasibility study, cleanup decisions, and any other reports and documents that are generated about these two sites.  The group also plans to keep residents of these communities informed by newslettyers, meetings and Internet website of activities, decisions and outcomes at these two sites.

EPA has recently released a draft baseline human health risk assessment for the Aberjona River study area.  The study looks at potential risks to members of the public who come into contact with the sediment, soils, or surface water, or consume fish within the study area.



 Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc.
10 North Maple Street
Woburn, MA  01801

contact Linda Raymond - 781-935-2438

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