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The W. R. Grace site next to Russell Field has an estimated six pounds of loose fiber asbestos for every man, woman and child in all of Cambridge, according to tests conducted jointly by W. R. Grace, Cambridge and neighbors. That 650,000 to 1.2 million pounds of asbestos poses little threat if left in the soil as it is now. But the property owners will likely develop the 27-acre site. Construction disturbs soil. Without long-term protective measures in place, construction could release asbestos into the air, allowing fibers to blow all over the neighborhood. Though W. R. Grace has not cleaned up the asbestos, they want to end state oversight, leaving neighbors vulnerable.Tell W. R. Grace we’ll work with them, if they protect us.
Ask the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to continue monitoring the site until W. R. Grace erects a permanent barrier between people and asbestos. Our neighbors, our children, depend on you to advocate for a healthy future. Let’s ensure that W. R. Grace, or any future developer, follows safe practices. Let’s ensure DEP does not abandon us.
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