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Up to 1,108,200 cubic yards of contaminated material currently in Bridgeport Harbor is heading for the New Haven area shoreline if people do not pay attention. This environmental waste from the last 100 years, according to the Army Corps' 1998 Draft Environmental Assessment, contains arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc, poly nuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners. Unsuitable for open water disposal. This dredge material will not be good for swimming, fishing, spawning winter flounder, impacts to leased shellfish beds, shell fishing, and may contaminate the drinking water as heavy metals settle into the ground. Dredged material will be released from a barge through, the water to land on the bottom.
A standard, tractor trailer size (40x12x8.5 feet) shipping container holds about 84 CubicYards, so we are talking about 13,192 containers of contaminated waste dumped around Morris Cove in New Haven, Long Island Sound, Connecticut.
There should be no added toxic carcinogenic sludge in Morris Cove, a part of New Haven's outer harbor area. The cove's shoreline has parks, historic sites, and residential buildings. In the 1950s, about 1 million cubic yards of fill was removed from Morris Cove to construct Interstate 95, creating a “borrow pit” on the harbor floor. The pit is about 650 feet wide, 2,450 feet long, and 30 feet deep. The cost to contain this waste in Bridgeport is ($49.7M), which is $7.6M more than dumping in New Haven ($42.1M) which is why this is a problem for New Haven Shoreline.... Now.
Ask Questions and Mail your written & signed objections so that they will be received in Concord, MA on or before October 16, 2015 Mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Meghan Quinn, Project Manager, (978-318-8179) 696 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742.
2010 Draft Environmental Assessment, Evaluation for Maintenance Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal Facility
Construction states 1,199,000 unsuitable cubic yards of dredge material needs to be disposed of (table 1, pg 17)
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Option 1- Southeast CAD Cell. Is located just north of the east breakwater, bounded by the 35 foot entrance channel and has the capacity to store a majority of the unsuitable dredged material. In addition, no shellfish beds would be disturbed during construction. This SE CAD cell was retained as a proposed disposal alternative for unsuitable material, although the West CAD Cell (18 acres) is carried forward as an option in case the Morris Cove borrow pit is not supported as a disposal alternative (Pg.13).
Option 2- Investigation (pg.9) identified two areas as potential Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) locations in Bridgeport, the Powerhouse Creek canal and the upstream portion of Yellow Mill Creek.
Option 3- There are two specific technologies that seem promising to treat the dredged material that will allow it to be used in a beneficial manner. One process involves thermal treatment of dredged material where the resulting end product can be mixed with Portland cement. This “blended cement” can be used in construction. (pg.15)
Option 4- Another process washes the material under pressure and adds surfactants to clean the material. The end result of this process is a soil that can be mixed or amended with other material that can be used in landscaping (pg.15)
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Samples were collected in 1998 and analyzed for total organic carbon (TOC), metals (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, and zinc), poly nuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners. Subsamples of C, F, and K, and CLIS were also analyzed for dioxin/furans (pg.23). The results (pg.26) show PCBs, from double to triple the reference sample, up to over 100 times baseline (498 ug/kb) in first 39 inches of sample. The test sample from the entrance channel “NQ”, determined unusual variability among the five replicates warranted additional testing of that specific sample (pg.27).
Ask Questions, then Mail your written & signed objections so that they will be received in Concord, MA on or before October 16, 2015... Mail to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Meghan Quinn, Project Manager, (978-318-8179) 696 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742.
Thank You for your time and concern. Please copy and distribute this letter, or dispose of properly. I can be reached at my office at (203) 654-2905 in North Haven, CT...................................Sincerely, David Carr......