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Public Meeting and Hearing in Corinna, ME will Discuss Eastland Woolen Mill Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Contact Information: David Deegan, 617-918-1017

Release Date 05/23/06
(Boston, Mass. – May 22, 2006) – A public meeting, followed by a formal public hearing, will be held this week in Corinna, Maine to discuss the ongoing cleanup effort at the Eastland Woolen Mill Superfund site.

At the meeting, EPA staff will be available to discuss several proposed changes to the site cleanup plan which are currently being considered. The proposed changes, which will continue to ensure protection of public health and environmental resources, could reduce the cost of cleanup efforts by up to $12 million. Specifically, EPA has proposed to modify the steps outlined in the Sept. 2002 “Record of Decision” document for “Operable Unit 1” cleanup by eliminating provisions for long-term groundwater extraction and co-solvent flushing technology.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m., at the Corinna School Cafeteria. The Corinna School is on Stetson Road (Route 222). The hearing will immediately follow the public meeting, and will provide an opportunity for community members to provide comment to EPA on proposed changes to plans for the ongoing cleanup of the Corinna site.

In addition to the public meeting, EPA will open a formal public comment period on these proposals, which is expected to remain open between May 25 – June 26, 2006.

The Corinna site has been the subject of a very successful $50 million EPA cleanup effort. The community recently held a dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Corundel Commons Senior Housing facility on a cleaned-up portion of the site. The new facility provides affordable housing to senior citizens in the Corinna area.

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