3 Things To Know In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 25, 2020

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 3 things to know in Wilmington on Tuesday, August 25, 2020:

#1) Library On The Lawn

Would you like to browse and checkout books and DVDs?  Be sure to stop by the front of the Wilmington Memorial Library from 10am to noon to peruse several carts of both adult and children’s materials.  Masks are required and we ask all to respect social distancing. This event will not take place during inclement weather.

#2) EPA To Hold Public Information Session and Q&A On Proposed Cleanup Plan For Olin Site — Watch Live On WCTV

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposed cleanup plan for the Olin Chemical Superfund Site in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The purpose of the plan is to provide interim cleanup options to remove ongoing sources of contamination in groundwater and final cleanup options for addressing contaminated soil, sediments, and surface water at the site, and to solicit public comment on EPA’s preferred alternatives for addressing the contamination.

Highlights of the cleanup proposal are as follows:

  • Begin cleanup of the aquifer by constructing and operating new groundwater extraction and treatment systems;
  • Capture and treat oily waste and contaminated groundwater that flows into surface water by constructing and operating new multi-phase extraction and treatment systems;
  • Construct and maintain caps and cover systems on areas of soil contamination that pose an unacceptable risk, including an impermeable cap over the feature on the Olin property known as the “Containment Area”;
  • Excavate contaminated wetland soil and sediment, dispose excavated materials off-site at an appropriate approved facility, and restore impacted wetlands and floodplains;
  • Prevent potential exposure to contaminants that pose inhalation risks in future buildings by requiring additional evaluations and/or engineering controls such as vapor barriers or venting systems;
  • Continue studies to further characterize bedrock and the full extent of groundwater contamination;
  • Implement land use controls to protect the remedy and public health; and
  • Conduct long-term groundwater and surface water monitoring and periodic five-year reviews to ensure protectiveness of the remedy.

EPA estimates that the proposed cleanup plan will cost approximately $48 million.

Opportunity to learn more and provide comment on EPA’s proposed cleanup plan

The public is invited to submit written input on EPA’s cleanup proposal during a 30-day comment period from August 26, 2020 through September 25, 2020. EPA has also established a dedicated voice mailbox at (617) 918-1880 to receive oral comments during the comment period.

Written comments may be mailed or e-mailed by Friday, September 25, 2020 to:

Melanie Morash
U.S. EPA Region 1 – New England
Mail Code 7-4
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3912
E-mail: morash.melanie@epa.gov

To review the proposed cleanup plan and learn more about the Olin Chemical Superfund Site, visit: www.epa.gov/superfund/olin. The cleanup plan can also be requested by contacting Sarah White, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at white.sarah@epa.gov or (617) 918-1026.

Upcoming virtual public events

EPA will hold a virtual public informational meeting and question-and-answer session on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Representatives from EPA will present the various cleanup options considered and answer any questions community members may have concerning EPA’s cleanup proposal. Watch on WCTV — Comcast 9, Verizon 37, and wctv.org/live.

EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide a forum for community members to submit oral comments on EPA’s proposed cleanup plan. All comments received during the hearing will be recorded and included as part of the public record. The public hearing will not include any presentations and EPA will not respond at the event to feedback received. However, EPA will consider and respond in writing to all oral and written comments received during the public hearing and public comment period, prior to selecting a final cleanup plan for the site in a Record of Decision (ROD). EPA expects to issue the ROD in late 2020 or early 2021.

How to participate in EPA’s virtual community events

Visit EPA’s website: www.epa.gov/superfund/olin for information on how to participate in EPA’s virtual events. A copy of EPA’s presentation will be available on the site webpage prior to the informational meeting. For those without computer access, you may visit EPA’s website (above) before the informational meeting begins to download and print a copy of the presentation materials to view while participating by telephone (call-in number to be listed on EPA’s website prior to the meeting). Closed captioning
will be available during the virtual informational meeting and formal hearing. Questions about how to participate in EPA’s virtual events may be directed to Sarah White, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at white.sarah@epa.gov or (617) 918-1026.

#3) 1960’s Trivia From Wilmington Senior Center

Give Zoom a chance and join Kelly for Zoom Trivia! This month’s trivia will be from the 1950’s (Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 9:30am to 10:30am) and the 1960’s (Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 9:30am to 10:30am).

There will be 20 questions varying from Pop culture, movies, music, history, sports, and more! Test your knowledge, see some friendly faces, and have fun!

If you are hesitant to sign up because you have never used Zoom, call the center and speak with Kelly. Zoom may seem in mida ng but it is actually very easy and fun to use. Kelly can set up a one on one Zoom meeting with you and walk you through all the steps over the phone or just answer any questions you may have. We encourage anyone interested to try Zoom to sign up for an event or speak with Kelly. Though the warm weather is here now and we are able to sit outside and catch up while social distancing, the weather may not always make this feasible. Lets all learn Zoom together and be prepared for those not so nice weather days!

You must sign up for this event. See below on how to play and how to sign up. Limited space is available. This event is free of cost.

How to Play:

All you need is a pen and paper! I will ask the ques on and players will write down their answer. Once all players have their answer wri en down, everyone will hold the piece of paper with their answer. I will be keeping score and whoever has the most correct answers at the end of the game will win a prize! Bonus ques ons will be available in case of a tie.

*Winners will also be men oned in the September Newsletter*

There are two ways to sign up…

1. Simply call the center to sign up. Tell us the date you’d like to join and give us your email address. We will email you the link to the zoom event. On the day of the event, click on the link and you will be entered into the video chat.

2. Sign up online for any of these events at www.myactivecenter.com. This is a secure and easy to use site to browse and sign up for events at our senior center and others in the area. Create an account using your My Senior Center card (the card you scan when you enter the center). If you do not have a card, call the center and we will assign you one. Next, choose Buzzell Senior Center as the closest center available. The site will remember that this is the preferred loca on. In the search bar, search “Zoom Trivia” and click on it. Click on the date you’d like to join and click register. A new screen will pop up, click register again. The event will then be added on your My Activity Center calendar. The Zoom Meeting link will be emailed to you a couple days before the event. A few minutes before it begins go to your email and click on the link, then you will be entered into the video chat.

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