On September 29th – October 2nd, 2009, the Office of the Environment (O.E.) began sampling the soil and groundwater at the Gravel Pit Dump Site off Res. Hwy 1. We also sampled the abandoned, burnt down house along that stretch of road for asbestos contamination, as well.
This sampling was done as part of the Brownfields Program the O.E. is developing. It is a program that uses federal funding to assist the community in cleaning up contaminated lands that can potentially be re-used in development.
In order to do the necessary sampling, the O.E. hired a consulting firm, EMR, INC, to come out and perform the sampling procedures. In order to sample the Gravel Pit, they brought out a big piece of machinery called a GeoProbe, which is used to drill deep into the ground to collect samples of the soil at different depths and also to reach the water table to collect water samples. 21 total spots were chosen throughout the dump to be sampled and after the samples were collected they were shipped off to a lab in Minneapolis where they will be tested for multiple contaminants.
To collect the asbestos samples from the abandoned house we collected about 30 little pieces of various materials throughout the house, and sent them in to be tested. At this point we are still waiting to get the results back. Once we do we will let the community know what was found and our ideas going forward.
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