Monday, February 25, 2013
Old buildings have been torn down and trucked off, PCB soil still must be cleaned up.
Thousands of tons of steel, bricks and dirt have been trucked off the former Army property along Greenough Boulevard, and that is just the first step of the clean up of the contaminated area in East Watertown. The clean up focuses on the GSA Site, which was part of the Watertown Arsenal when the U.S. Army made munitions and big guns there. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the clean up, and Thursday they reported their progress on the site. The project includes removing soil contaminated by PCBs on one part of the 12-acre site and tearing down five buildings remaining on the site. In place of the buildings a wetlands area will be created to replace the one in the contaminated area. Over the winter, the buildings came down, said …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have a public meeting about the clean up this week.
Clean up of the contaminated former-Army property in Watertown has started and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on the work this week. The meeting will be held in Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Comments and questions from residents will be welcomed at the meeting. The $4.3 million clean up project will be run by the Corps of Engineers and paid for by the Corps and the Government Services Administration (GSA). When completed, the land will be turned over to the state to create a passive recreation area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent out the following announcement: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District will host a public meeting on Feb. 21, 2012 to provide an update on the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Contamination will be removed from the GSA site, on Greenough Boulevard, and buildings will be torn down to make way for wetlands and passive recreation.
Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revealed general plans for removing the last of the contamination from the former Army facility along Greenough Boulevard in Watertown on Monday night. The project, which is being paid for out of the federal Superfund program, includes removal of PCB contaminated soil, demolishing old Army buildings and creation of a new wetland, said Michael Kunce, project manager with Charter Environmental, the contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to oversee the cleanup. Surveys found some "hot spots" for PCB contamination where there is more than 50 ppm of contamination was found in a former burn pit used to dispose of depleted uranium and other materials. The contaminated soil will …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Town Councilor Susan Falkoff and Stormwater Advisory Committee Chair Ernesta Kraczkiewicz write about the history of the site near Arsenal Street, and the upcoming meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
If you drive north on Greenough Blvd between Arsenal Street and Cambridge, the Charles River will be on your right but to the left is “The GSA site,” a desolate area of crumbling cinder block buildings and overgrown wetlands surrounded by chain-link fence. What a mess! The GSA site was state parkland until 1920 when the Army created a disposal site there, for waste products from weapons research at the Watertown Arsenal. In 1967, the Army turned the site over to the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to prepare it for public use and transfer back to the state. The military use left contamination from both radiation and toxic chemicals. The part of the Arsenal that is now a thriving office park and arts center had resources …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Officials have pushed for decades to have the GSA Site cleaned up, including removing the crumbling buildings.
[Updated at 4:15 p.m. on July 18.] An eyesore and contaminated former Army facility at the corner of Arsenal Street and Greenough Boulevard will be cleaned up using federal funds. The 12-acre property used to be part of the U.S. Army’s Watertown Arsenal and part of the land was used as a burning pit. It will be turned into wetlands that can be used for “passive recreation.” Watertown officials received the news Tuesday, and celebrated the end of a decades long push to clean up what has become known as the GSA site. Town Councilor Susan Falkoff beamed as she made the announcement to her fellow councilors about the agreement to clean up the property. "We had gotten so close before and every time we got close something got in the way," said …