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Comments on Revised Activity and Use Limitation

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1020


REPRESENTATIVE ALICE K. WOLF
Representing the People of Cambridge

STATE HOUSE TEL. 617-722-2400
STATE HOUSE FAX 617-722-2850
DISTRICT TEL. 617-868-9653
Vice Chair, Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government

Member, Committee on Education
Member, Committee on House Ways & Means


March 28, 2005

Robert W. Golledge, Jr., Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
One Winter Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Re: Comments on Revised Activity and Use Limitation
W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn
. 62 Whittemore Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts
RTN 3-0277

Dear Commissioner Golledge:

I am writing in regards to the W.R. Grace site located at 62 Whittemore Avenue in North Cambridge.

I have been involved in the discussion about this site since the 1980s. When asbestos was discovered on the site during the 1990s through the diligence of neighborhood groups, this site took on new urgency. I am aware of the neighborhood continuing concerns regarding asbestos, and I think the concern is justified should any development be proposed there.

I therefore oppose any move to end oversight of this area by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). W.R. Grace's 27-acre property abuts many public areas, including a child care facility, a mass transit station, a large municipal playing field and dense residential housing. Any asbestos that may be stirred up during activities on the site could pose a substantial health risk to members of the community.

DEP should maintain oversight of this property. I also request that DEP become immediately involved if any activity, including but not limited to formal development, promises to stir up the site. There should be a process for the City of Cambridge and/or members of the community to inform DEP if such activity seems imminent.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Alice K. Wolf
State Representative

cc: Melissa M. McEwen, Senior Environmental Geologist
Robert Healy, Cambridge City Manager
Michael Sullivan, Mayor of Cambridge
Cambridge City Council
Alewife Neighbors


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