Mill River clean-up public information meeting Oct. 14

Beneath the surface of the lower Mill River lies lead and other waste from the former Exide battery plant. The company has announced a plan to clean the river, but some neighbors and conservationists fear what the work could stir up.

Exide will hold a public informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14 on its impending clean-up of lead in the Mill River sediment.

In advance of its impending clean-up of lead in the Mill River sediment, Exide will hold a public informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room on the second floor of 501 Kings Highway East to discuss what the public can expect as the clean-up proceeds. All who are interested are welcome to attend. Questions about the public meeting can be directed to the meeting facilitator, Ms. Cindy Cook, at 802-272-2829 or [email protected].

In 2013, representatives of Exide, the Town of Fairfield, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and FairPLAN drew up a plan for the Mill River clean-up.

The clean-up will involve hydraulic dredging of sediment, dewatering of sediment using geotextile tubes, and treatment of the filtrate water in the permitted water treatment plant. The dewatered sediment will be taken to a licensed and approved off-site landfill.

The  plan includes measures to protect water quality during the clean-up, including the use of dredging and sediment containment technologies in accordance with DEEP-approved plans and permits. The contractor will monitor water quality of the Mill River throughout the process.

In August 2014, Exide and its contractor, TRC, began constructing the sediment processing area and water treatment plant on Exide’s property. This work is nearly finished, and dredging is scheduled to begin the week of October 13th. Dredging will continue through the end of this year, as weather permits.

After a winter shutdown, dredging will commence again in the spring of 2015 and is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

The clean-up will be conducted in close coordination with DEEP and town officials.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “I am pleased we are able to move forward in the clean-up of the Mill River and will do so in the most proper, careful and environmentally sound way. I encourage our community to join me at this important meeting so we continue to make progress.”

“We are pleased to begin the Mill River clean-up activities, and fulfill our commitment to the community and the environment,”  said Exide representative Ken Money, and Betsey Wingfield chief of the DEEP’s Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, said, “cleanup of the Mill River sediment will provide vastly improved ecological habitat and recreational benefits. The close coordination between local officials, citizens, Exide and DEEP has contributed to the success of getting to this important moment.”

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