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Update on Mill River cleanup Feb. 26

Barry Culp, senior project manager for TRC showing First Selectman Mike Tetreau the clarifiers at the clean up site.

Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced that the Town of Fairfield will host a public informational meeting regarding the Mill River Cleanup Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the APR/Cafeteria at Mill Hill School, 635 Mill Hill Terrace. The snow date is March 2, at 7:30, at Mill Hill School. Any member of the public is encouraged to attend this meeting to hear an update on the cleanup efforts and to ask questions.

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Dredging begins on Mill River

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Work has begun on the removal of contamination from the Mill River.

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Meeting Oct. 14 on Exide cleanup

Dredging more than 20,000 cubic yards of lead-contaminated soil from the Mill River is about to get underway now that a processing plant to clean the sediment has been installed on Exide’s 6.25 acres on the Post Road, according to the Fairfield Citizen.

TRC Environmental Corp. of Madison, Wisc., is doing the work for Exide, which is under orders from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to clean up the river that was polluted by waste from Exide’s now-closed battery factory over the years.

A public information meeting on the cleanup will be held Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Board of Education conference room, 501 Kings Highway East.

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Fairfield gives green light to Exide cleanup

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. (Fairfield Sun/Shawn O'Sullivan)

Plans for cleanup of the Mill River are once again moving forward. In a joint session on Aug 1, The Harbor Management, Shellfish and Conservation commissions all voted to end Fairfield’s intervention in planning the removal of contaminants left in the Mill River by the former Exide battery plant.

In January of this year, after an information session held by DEEP and Exide, both Fairfield’s Shellfish Commission and local advocacy group Fairfielders Protecting Land and Neighborhoods (FairPLAN) requested a public hearing on one of the permits required for Exide’s remediation activities. This delayed DEEP in approving Exide’s plan, and led to a new approach.

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