Sterns parcel for pump house was purchased. Design should be moving forward in Southbridge for the waterline.
Notice of Noncomplaince for Odor Isuues Here .WasteDive article Here
T&G article Here.
Landfill may close as soon as 2018 WasteDive article Here
data from Casella on the appeal shows even worse contamination. The
highest level of 1,4 Dioxane was found in a temporary well in the Phase
2.10 parcel (the parcel being appealed). Over 400ug/L, (more than 10x
the level in the irrigation well) and the highest level of 1,4
Dichlorobenzene was also found in a temporary well in the 2.10 parcel.
No comment from Casella on T&G article Here
Casella promises to leave quietly if the vote is NO. Video Here.
said No. Except, if the DEP issues a positive determination of
site suitability after July 7th, Southbridge BOH MUST have a site
assignment hearing about expanding the landfill vs. danger to the
public health and environment.
Empty hollow promises yet again from Casella concerning the NO
vote..... Of course, they could notify the DEP they are no longer
interested in the Phase 2.10 expansion if they wanted to drop the
appeal, end the process, pack up and leave as promised- but we all know
THAT was NEVER going to happen......
The Voters have spoken! Southbridge voters overwhelmingly vote 1303-852
to not expand the landfill. Despite being outspent 10-1 by Casella, the
grassroots movement prevailed! Casella promised to go quietly if the
people of Southbridge didnt want them to stay.... now it is time to
keep that promise... T&G Article Here WasteDive Article Here CLF blog post Here
and Charlton Residents have filed suit against SRDP/Casella and the
Town of Southbridge for environmental pollution eminating from the
Southbirdge Landfill*** Complaint Here Press Release Here T&G Here
Southbridge Evening News Article from 2003 Here
(TAC:"Overall, in our experience with Casella, they come in and bully
the town, and when they get what they want they leave it behind in
Wastedive Article Here
T&G article on Casella spending Here
Casella spends over 100k on 'non binding' Question 1 (report Here)
CSM Article Here
Worcester Mag Article Here
T&G article on Casella church meeting for residents HERE.
CLF Talking Trash Blog on Zoning Order Being Upheld HERE
Oversight Hearing on Landfills and Solid Waste videos posted on videos page
Charlton ZBA upholds Cease & Desist Order by a 3-2 vote. A variance for 'use' is not an option. Videos posted. Tom Cue said at a Southbridge meeting on 9 May that Casella plans to appeal decision in court
DEP has decided to review submital with additional information to
consider changing negative determination to positive determination.
Public comment period will begin soon on Site Suitability for
Phase 2.10 Expansion. DEP initial decision is HERE. SRDP submittal is HERE. WRITE THOSE LETTERS ONE LAST TIME!!!!
T&G Article on Petition for Ballot Question Here
Casella response to T&G article below Here
Southbridge Sours on Casella T&G Article
Tri-Community Meeting in Southbridge T&G Article
Casella and State to split water line cost in Charlton T&G Article
MassDEP News Release
John Casella discusses water line at 2016 Q4 conf call here
Sturbridge Seeks State Aid for Area with Tainted Water T&G Article
Videos of 23 Feb Landfill Overisght Comm. and SBOH meeting are on Videos page
T&G Article - Casella fined for violations
Application for Phase 11 "Berms" received Technical Deficiency Notice and requires a lot more work. Notice is HERE
Article on negative determination in T&G HERE
Article on negative determination in Boston Herald HERE
Environmental Law Center files notice for intent to sue Town of
Southbridge and SRDP for Clean Water Act and RCRA violations. Read
press release HERE and T&G article HERE
tests two wells in Sturbridge. 1,4 Dioxane found in one well. Upon
further DEP testing 14/15 homes detect lead, with 8 homes over the EPA
action level of 15ug/L, with one as high as 410ug/L. Five homes have 1,4 Dioxane detections. Other results
showed MTBE, chromium and barium, all detected at landfill. Monitoring
well contamination history to the right shows history of contamination
detections found at Southbridge landfill, with some exceeding the
action level since 1994. Two of the 20 wells with exceedances were over 1000ug/L....(click HERE for current Sturbridge test results from DEP) Historical lead
exceedance data is HERE.
Sturbridge voices concerns over their well contaminations at BOH meeting. Read T&G article HERE. Video of meeting will be on VIDEOS page (link at top of page)
Sturbridge Resident's letters concerning recent well contaminations HERE
T&G Article on 1,4 Dioxane detection in Sturbridge
Letter to the Editor of T&G concerning Mailer Sent to Southbridge Residents
From Casella to Southbridge Residents Seems to Say: "Support our
Expansion Plans or Else Risk Sickness and Pollution." So making
hundreds of millions off this landfill over the past 13 years
wasn't eonugh to clean up the landfill and protect our health and
environment???? Is our health being held hostage as a trade for expansion? This essentially is extortion.
T&G Article on Casella Mailing
Zoning Violation and Cease & Desist letter to Casella/Southbridge
T&G Article on Cease & Desist letter
Casella sued zoning board and residents in Hardwick over zoning enforcement
Phase 2.10 DEP determination of BWP SW 01 Site Suitability Application response issue is NEGATIVE. Process HERE.
Phase 1.11 DEP Draft Decision on SW 26 Major Expansion permit Application is Technically Deficient. Process HERE.
DEP Review of Hydro Study HERE
DEP review conclusions:
"Based upon our review of the data presented in support of T&Bs CSM,
MassDEP concludes that there is insufficient information provided to
rule out the Southbridge (landfill) as the source of the 1,4-dioxane
found in the residential wells on H-Foote Road and Eleanor Lane."
1.MUCH more testing required to validate claims that the landfill is not the source of contamination.
2.Statements are made that there is a potential for preferential groundwater pathways in a NNE direction!
3. Lineaments with an ENE or E trend may...identify areas where local groundwater gradients have an eastward trend.
4.Some regional groundwater flow likely discharges to Cady Brook....and may include flow that has passed beneath the landfill.
5. Local flow directions in fractured bedrock do not always follow the
steepest gradient but are dependent on the orientation of fractures and
connectivity of the fracture system.
6. Former Airport well is 592' deep, but the "clean" water sample was collected at 97'.
7. Irrigation well is over 900' deep but only packer tested to 188'.
This well has the highest levels of 1,4-dioxane found (over
40ug/L). Typical homes have a value of .6ug/L (more than 66x less than
the irrigation well).
8. Monitoring wells are not installed.......to adequately characterize
site conditions.....and to determine the fate and transport of
contaminates of concern.
9. Regardless of relative elevations of the landfill monitoring wells, the simplistic
argument that water does not flow uphill is misleading.
10. 1,4-dioxane is found upgradient of stated groundwater flow at the landfill in three wells.
11. It is MassDEP's concern that the characterization performed thus
far has not been a comprehensive site characterization and should not
be purported as such.
12. Landfill monitoring wells are insufficient to prove that the landfill is not the source of contamination in private wells.
13. MassDEP disagrees with both SanbornHead and T&B's premise that the landfill could not be the source.
Watch the opening
remarks from the DEP at the meeting in Charlton held on 15 September
2016 here. The rest of the meeting is on the Videos page here.
Southbridge BOH meeting with DEP videos posted 19 Jan 2017
-DEP reiterates to BOH they do not gree with the results of the hydro study
-DEP said they believe the landfill is the potentially responsible party for the source of the contamination
stated the barrel found on the Fox property on HFoote is NOT a
potential source of the contamination on HFoote, and it has since been
removed. The ground and area around the barrel was tested and no
contaminates were found, as the barrel was not found to be leaking.
does not believe the claim that water cannot be flowing toward HFoote,
since there are no deep bedrock water studies of the area.
stated only trace amounts, not source levels, of 1,4 Dioxane
exist at landfill; Cleanwells requested T&B data supporting that
claim. Multiple monitoring well tests at the landfill have clearly
shown very high levels of 1,4 Dioxane since 2009 when 1,4 Dioxane
testing began (with one over 40ug/L). No home well test has EVER come
close to some of the levels of 1,4 Dioxane seen at the landfill well
tests. Clearly, the highest levels of 1,4 Dioxane, which can be
considered source levels, are found at the landfill.
-The SBOH requested documentation from CleanWells concerning the contamination at the landfill
For information on the 1,4 Dioxane detections in Sturbridge, contact the Sturbridge BOH at 508-347-2504.
Dump Casella Part 9 in Charlton Villager
Latest Violations and Fines at Southbridge Landfill HERE
The DEP received about 180 comment letters. Everyone did a great job voicing their concerns!
T&G Article- Casella retaliation?
T&G Time to go, Casella
Boston Herald Article 11 Dec 2016, Page 3
Charlton Villager Dump Casella Part 8
FoxNews article on NH landfill, 1,4 Dioxane and PFCs & Cancer
T&G article- 21 days to submit comment letters
3 Nov 2016 Southbridge BOH meeting notes:
The Chairman stated the September 2016 MTBE detection at a home on
Berry Corner road must prove water flows from the Berry Corner area to
the landfill (he believes it must be from the Exxon spill many years
ago), not the other way around since there has been no MTBE detections
at the landfill. This is false. The records obtained from the DEP
clearly show monitoring well test data listing HIGHER levels of MTBE AT THE LANDFILL. MTBE was even found in the SURFACE WATER of S-4 in 2013.The below detections were reported:
The following monitoring wells AT THE LANDFILL had/have detections for MTBE:
MW-20S 2014 & 2016
of the same monitoring wells also had/have detections for other
gasoline components, such as xylene, benzene, toluene, naphthalene
(exceedance in 1999), n-Hexane, & 1,2,4 trimethylbenzene.
Some homes on Hfoote, Eleanor and Berry had/have toluene, naphthalene, MTBE & benzene
Pay to Play in Charlton? You decide..... HERE
July and August 2016 test results have shown the contamination is not
only spreading, but some contaminate levels are going up, some as much as 2300%. Six more homes now have
multiple VOC detections. One of those now has an exceedance for TCE,
and another has 4.9ug/L TCE (the safe drinking limit is 5ug/L). Another
home had PCE detected in the water, the first detection of PCE on the
H.Foote rd. PCE is detected at three landfill monitoring wells at
higher levels than the home tested. One of the monitoring wells PCE is an exceedance (5.1ug/L).
Letter from Sen Gobi to Mr. Casella HERE