Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby dmh » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:45 pm

December 20, 2011
Timberlane leader upset with EPA plan for Beede

By Cara Hogan chogan@eagletribune.com



PLAISTOW — Superintendant Richard La Salle said the Environmental Protection Agency should have contacted the Timberlane Regional School District sooner.

The EPA and town officials, including La Salle, met yesterday to talk about safety measures for the Beede Superfund site cleanup. Starting next August, trucks carrying 10,000 tons of hazardous waste will begin daily trips past the Timberlane Regional Middle and High School.

"I'm upset this is the first time we've been invited to a meeting with the EPA," La Salle said. "It seems the access road issue had been decided already."

The 40-acre Beede site on Kelley Road was declared a Superfund site after thousands of gallons of oil were dumped there for decades. The companies responsible, known as the Beede Group, are funding the cleanup and the EPA is supervising.

The EPA and the town negotiated for a year over the route options for hauling contaminated soil from the site. The EPA chose a temporary access road onto Route 121A, but town officials said it would be safer to build a bridge onto Old County Road.

The EPA is moving forward with its plan, but because Route 121A is a state road, the Beede Group needs a state Department of Transportation permit to create a temporary driveway from the Superfund site to the road. The DOT has given the town until Dec. 30 to raise concerns about the chosen cleanup route.

The goal of the meeting yesterday was to repair relations between the town and the EPA, according to EPA spokesman Doug Gutro.

"In the past year, we have heard loud and clear from Plaistow about the importance of public safety," he said. "We might disagree, but we should still make sure those issues are addressed."

Gutro said the EPA wants to assuage the town's concerns and suggested setting up quarterly face-to-face meetings and monthly conference calls with town officials to address specific safety concerns. He also proposed the town form a Safety Committee to oversee issues like school bus stops along the cleanup route.

But La Salle said if the EPA had contacted the school district sooner, he would have advised them to look at a different route.

"Students walk to school unsupervised, drive with little experience and wait out at bus stops," he said. "Each and every year we have bus accidents and each week we have student driving accidents. For me, it is not if there was to be an unfortunate incident, but when. It's incredible to add heavy vehicles transporting hazardous waste."

Kevin Nyhan, senior environmental manager for DOT, said if the state approves the driveway permit at the end of the month, there could be a provision written into the permit to work around school buses.

"We can say that trucks can only operate between hours of X and Y, so as not to interfere with bus routes," he said.

Jim Brown, the EPA project manager for the Beede site, said the EPA already has agreements to buy property for the access route. As soon as the DOT gives approval, he said, they will start building.

"My marching orders are full speed ahead," he said. "We want to make public safety a priority, but the decision has been made."

He said they will look at how to keep students safe, cooperating with the school district, the police and fire departments. But the project is scheduled to start with the construction of the groundwater extraction and treatment facility on the site in August 2012. The entire project should be finished by October 2016.




Why would they go down Greenough Rd with the trucks? I never see walkers on 121A, most walkers are in the area of the hs parking lots. If the trucks go down greenough road, I'd suggest our traffic person stops wearing sandals and slippers while directing traffic, steel toed shoes should be used.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:00 am

dmh wrote:
December 20, 2011
Timberlane leader upset with EPA plan for Beede

By Cara Hogan chogan@eagletribune.com

PLAISTOW — Superintendant Richard La Salle said the Environmental Protection Agency should have contacted the Timberlane Regional School District sooner.

... Starting next August, trucks carrying 10,000 tons of hazardous waste will begin daily trips past the Timberlane Regional Middle and High School.

...

Why would they go down Greenough Rd with the trucks? I never see walkers on 121A, most walkers are in the area of the hs parking lots. If the trucks go down greenough road, I'd suggest our traffic person stops wearing sandals and slippers while directing traffic, steel toed shoes should be used.

The trucks will NOT be going down Greenough Rd. Your conclusion is certainly reasonable based on what they wrote. This is yet another example of a misleading ET article.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby shawn_oneil » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:15 pm

Rob C wrote:The trucks will NOT be going down Greenough Rd. Your conclusion is certainly reasonable based on what they wrote. This is yet another example of a misleading ET article.


I agree with Rob about the ET. After some of the articles that I have read when I was interviewed I thought the author had a conversation with another person besides myself.

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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:04 am

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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby safety frog » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:27 pm

Timely. They have needed a light at the proposed intersection for a long time. That is a major north south intersection for students going to and from Sandown and Danville and the site of many crashes and near misses.

My son asked my yesterday on the way home from practice at the high school when the trucks of dirty dirt would start going by the high school on Greenough, so someone is misleading folks.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:14 pm

Detour plan for intersection of Danville Road and 121A in Plaistow. Construction begins this week. Danville Road will become a one way heading south for a couple of weeks. The "signs" drawn on the plan are confusing, they are pointing north for the detour but they will sit on a post facing the traffic entering Danville Road.



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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby safety frog » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:49 am

You think they could have done this durign the summer versus the first weeks of school? That is the EPA for you.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby safety frog » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:27 am

Turning onto 121A to head north was a complete mess last night in the dark. The gravel is all torn up, rutted and a big hole had formed at the pavement. Why isn't the state makeing them do it correctly?
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:34 am

I saw that too. It was fixed this morning and it wasn't as bad yesterday afternoon. I don't know what the correct way is but I think it's simply a result of folks hitting the gas too hard as they pull out into that intersection.

I believe that portion of the road will not be road shortly, I believe they are moving the entire road as it enters the intersection toward 125.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:40 am

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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby Rob C » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:57 pm

February update on Beede

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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby safety frog » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:03 am

Enpro did not read the mailer above about not trucking contaminated soil from the site during school bus drop off times.

0705 hours this morning one Enpro 18 wheel truck pulled out of the site onto 121A right at the peak of school bus drop off time, high traffic, and another truck was getting ready to leave the site.

Good job Enpro!
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby michelle_oneil » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:20 am

Posting on SoD is fine if all you want to do is vent.
If you want to let someone know, who may actually be able to change the situation, call them.
They did provide phone numbers in their letter:
EPA Project Manager at 617-918-1308
or Richard Pease, NH DES Project Manager at 603-271-3649.
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Re: Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH

Postby safety frog » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:02 am

DES staff listed in flyer returned my call and indicated it was an EPA issue, however, the aggreement on no trucking during bus and student drop and pick up is only applicable on the short strech of 121A - Main Street from the site's driveway and route 125, and does not apply to the times that students are being dropped and picked up at the high school. He was going to let the EPA know of the concern.

There are not a lot of houses on that stretch of Main street, so the no trucking time is minimal.

Guess I read too much into the flyer.
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