|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:53:01 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: Cleaning up South Weymouth Naval Air Station (MA)|
Navy still cleaning up airfield, 16 years later By Emily Sweeney Boston Globe (MA) March 17, 2013 It’s a dirty job, and the Navy has to do it.The task: cleaning up the former home of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, a property with a history dating back to World War II. In the 1940s, blimps that silently patrolled the US coast were housed in giant hangars at the air base. Later, modern jets roared down its paved runways.
Decades of military use left behind petroleum, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds that settled into the ground water and soil on certain parts of the base. Trash and debris were dumped in three landfills on the edges of the property. All of that contamination earned it a spot on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List in 1994. Although most of the base is considered clean today, the property as a whole is still deemed a Superfund site.
The airfield closed in 1997, and over the years tons of contaminated soil have been hauled away, dozens of underground oil storage tanks have been dug up, and soil, sediment, and ground-water samples have been tested and retested. Renamed SouthField, the old base is being developed into a mixed-use community within the communities of Abington, Rockland, and Weymouth that could eventually encompass up to 2,855 homes, as well as shops, offices, and a golf course.
... For the entire article, seehttp://bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/03/16/navy-still- has-cleanup-task-years-after-closing-south-weymouth-naval-air-station/ QkvIK2bvN7h9t5sTxzR32L/story.html
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