EPA Region 1 Regional Administrator Curt Spalding’s full remarks at a Press Event in Plaistow, NH, on April 30, 2013:
“It’s a pleasure to be here in Plaistow. I’m here today to acknowledge the substantial progress in the cleanup of the Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site and to thank those involved from the state, the town, from the Beede Site Group and from my staff.
With a collaborative approach, there has been significant progress made at the Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site. We have been able to work with the Beede Site Group, the parties performing the Site remedy under the terms of a settlement agreement with EPA, to accomplish the following:
• construct a safe new intersection for access to the site;
• remove more than 500 truckloads of contaminated material from the Site; and
• connect 23 nearby households, whose drinking water wells were impacted by the site, to a clean and permanent water supply.
During the past year, we’ve forged a stronger relationship, with greater transparency and communication amongst stakeholders that is sensitive to needs and concerns of Plaistow, the local school district, and Site neighbors.
As most of you know, a technical committee comprised of the town, EPA, state agencies, the school district and the Beede Site Group have conducted monthly teleconference discussions and met quarterly at Plaistow town hall. EPA has convened community meetings, distributed flyers in the neighborhood, and appeared on local public access TV shows. In addition, the Beede Site Group created an informational Facebook page in an effort to keep neighbors informed and involved.
There is still much work to be done. The construction of a groundwater treatment facility is underway and should be operating this fall. The design of a thermal treatment system to clean up the deeper contaminated soil is underway. The majority of contaminated material is still on site and is scheduled to be trucked off in 2016 with clean material being brought in to back fill it.
At EPA, these next steps will rest on the shoulders of a new team member: Cheryl Sprague, a seasoned EPA project manager who has worked on other Superfund sites in NH as well. EPA’s current project manager, Jim Brown, is now taking on an extraordinary opportunity in Vietnam with the United States Agency for International Development. I want to thank him for shepherding this project forward over the years. I’m confident that Cheryl will be able to continue to move this project forward in a positive way. We continue to work closely with the NH congressional delegation to keep everyone informed, and we thank them for their support.