Aberjona Study Coalition, Inc.                          

                                            

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ASC was formed in 2002 and consists of six Environmental Groups:  Woburn Neighborhood Association, Mystic River Watershed Association, Concerned Citizens Network, Friends of the Upper Mystic Lake, Medford Boat Club and Woburn Residents Environmental Network. We represent over 225,000 residents that border the Aberjona River. 


The EPA awarded a double Technical Assistance Grant ($100,000) to ASC on the Aberjona River combined study of the Industri-Plex and Woburn G & H Wells sites.

ASC has hired Cambridge Environmental, Inc. to interpret EPA reports on the Aberjona River.  The primary goal of ASC is to ensure that the future assessment and remediation of two Woburn Superfund sites, the Industri-Plex and Woburn G & H Wells sites, are completed by the responsible parties with effective well-informed input from the affected residents, businesses, and community organizations so as to improve the water quality of the Aberjona River and the Mystic River to fishable and swimable standards as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, under the Clean Water Act
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ASC Hires Cambridge Environmental
The process of a Technical Advisor selection included the development of a detailed Request for Proposal and Scope of Work document.  Nine firms responded and submitted proposals for the group's evaluation.  In August, ASC evaluated the firms following the EPA"s procurement guidelines.  ASC determined that Cambridge Environmental, Inc. could best represent the public in the interpretation of EPA's highly technical documentation.  It is expected that this consulting firm will disseminate and assimilate all study material and translate it back to the communities.  It is also expected that Cambridge Environmental will repor their findings at ASC public meetings, which will be posted.  ALl are welcomed to attend.  Should you  have any questions or would like to get involved, you can contact the Aberjona Study Coalition at 781-935-2438 or by email at
info@aberjonastudy.org



ASC Members:  Mike Raymond, Linda Raymond, former Alderman John Ciriello, EPA Project Manager Joe LeMay, Steve Zemba of Cambridge Environmental, Inc. 

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.

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.

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.

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

contact Linda Raymond - 781-935-2438

or by email fitwalker1@aol.com

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