Wilmington Board of Selectmen News: EPA To Allow Olin Superfund Site To Be Commercially Developed

WILMINGTON, MA — Here’s 5 things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, June 8.  (And here’s 5 more.)

#1) The Board of Selectmen received a troubling update from the Environmental Protection Agency Project Manager James DiLorenzo.  EPA recently informed New England Trainsrail, a company interested in purchasing the contaminated Olin Chemical site on Eames Street in order to build a transloading facility on it, indicating that the Superfund site IS safe for commercially develop, despite the fact that (a) EPA hasn’t completed its investigation of the site, particularly as it relates to groundwater, and (b) there’s still no clean-up plan in place.  (Read more about this issue in this article from yesterday’s Lowell Sun.)

“My concern is this project has not reached it’s resolution — there’s an ongoing investigation and no remediation plan in place,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. Given the track record of New England Transrail, it’s a serious concern that they continue to be interested [in site] and will perhaps move forward.”

#2) Wilmington Memorial Library Director Tina Stewart shared with the Selectmen a bevy of exciting news from the library, emphasizing the important role it plays in the community.  Stewart discussed the library-sponsored Town-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 13, which has 61 homes participating.  She also touched recent successful community-centric library programs, including a summit with Wilmington non-profit organizations on April 15, a Teen Job Fair on April 22, and a Welcome To Wilmington Reception on April 30.

Stewart announced that the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library will be hosting a “Free Little Library” at Silver Lake this summer.  They’ll be a small boat – near the beach house – that will be continuously stocked with donated books that residents can just take, free of charge, with no worries about returning. The Friends are also currently raffling off a Boston-themed gift basket, which includes certificates to Boston restaurants and passes for a Freedom Trail tour, at the library’s Main Desk through July 10.  Stewart also noted that the library’s Summer Reading Programs — for all ages — begins on June 20, while the library’s upcoming third annual summer author series begins on June 11.

#3) The Town of Wilmington continues to wait for requested information from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company relative to its proposal to run a pipeline underneath the active Benevento quarry in town.  Town Manager Jeff Hull shared a letter he recently sent to the company, asking for more details about the two other pipeline projects near existing active quarries that Tennessee Gas Pipeline has completed.

“On May 21, 2015, the Town Engineer requested TGP expand on this information to discuss similarities between these existing locations and the proposed gas pipeline project.  The Town has yet to receive any updated information regarding these two sites,”Hull wrote.

#4) Under the “Important Dates” portion of the meeting, Hull reminds the public that the annual Rotary Trivia Night is Friday, June 12 at 7pm at the Shriners; Town Beach opens on Saturday, June 13; the library’s Town-Wide Yard Sale runs this Saturday from 9am to 3pm; the Wilmington Farmers Market opens this Sunday, June 13 from 10am to 1pm in the Town Common Parking Lot; the Wilmington Minutemen Men will be holding their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Sunday, June 14 at 3pm at Minutemen Headquarters; and Wilmington’s Relay For Life will run from Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20 at the Wilmington Middle School.

#5) It was announced via correspondence from Verizon that FIOS customers have seen or will soon see the following changes: WBIN Live Well (Channel 466) replaced with WBIN Classics; HERE TV moved from Channel 445 to 955; Playboy TV moved from 440 to 950; and Playboy TV En Espanol (Channel 441) dropped.

Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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