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PCB cleanup takes a new step

August 19, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town council's DPW subcommittee unanimously recommended approval of two contracts intended to continue the cleanup of PCB contamination at the DPW's Guelphwood Road site Wednesday.

"Now that we're outside the building, we're running into PCBs in some places," said Town Manager Christopher Clark. "…We have sufficient funding to do this section of the project."

The winning bid came from J.H. Lynch Co. of Auburn, who will be paving a swath of land around the building.

Noting the funding is coming from the state Department of Environmental Protection, Clark and DPW Director Ken neth Kalinowski said the work will help to keep the contaminants in place, but only covers part of the property. The worst known contamination exists near Cotton Pond, a manmade water body, and cleanup planning for that area continues, including weighing the option of filling the pond.

Before that can be done — probably in a year or so — "additional confirmatory testing" needs to be done "around the perimeter," Kalinowski said. "We don't anticipate finding any more, knock on wood."

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