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Officials Agree to Demolish Nuclear Metals Buildings on Main St.

EPA to examine debris for hazardous materials.

According to a memo made public by Town Manager Chris Whelan, an agreement has been reached to remove buildings at the former Nuclear Metals, Inc. Superfund site on Main Street.

The decision was made after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, Textron, Inc. and the Whittaker Corporation came to an agreement on terms. The site occupied by Nuclear Metals (now known as StarMet) is located at 2229 Main St.

“Buildings will be demolished down to their slab foundation, with placement of a temporary cap over the remaining slab,” Whelan wrote in the memo.

Whelan additionally related that provisions will be made to properly dispose of the construction materials on site; materials would either be disposed of at an appropriate facility off-site or possible disposed of on-site.  The latter measure will only be taken, though, if the EPA determines that the debris in question does not contain any hazardous material.

While in operation, Nuclear Metals disposed of uranium and other waste ultimately deemed toxic by Town of Concord officials into an unlined basin, according to Citizens Research & Environmental Watch. The Concord site was added to the Superfund National Priorities List in 2001.

“The U.S. EPA will be meeting with Town staff in the near future to ensure everyone understands what will be happening on the site and to ensure the site is secure while the demolition work proceeds,” Whelan continued.

Town officials estimate that the demolition process could take up to three years.

Deborah Bier July 19, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Huge congratulations to everyone involved in getting things to come this far! Town officials (fire dept, 2229 committee, etc) have been working long and hard for this and deserve tons of credit. Good show!
Bill Montague July 19, 2011 at 02:57 PM
This is indeed good news for the town of Concord and Acton. We must not forget those active Citizens who discovered this great problem at Nuclear Metals. Concord has the most active folks of any town that I am aware of. These folks are the ones to be first congraulated! Now all the others involved in this clean-up need to be congratulated. It has taken many years of dedicated work by all parties involved to bring this about! Cheers to you all! Bill Montague
Mahmoud July 19, 2011 at 06:18 PM
great work on getting us closer to be rid of that Superfund site. "Proper disposal" of the materials is now a huge secondary issue, as are site "follow-up services". Neither should be broad stroked or considered slam dunks. There's still plenty of risk lurking in the area. /MSy
Peter Flynn July 19, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Over the years since the 1950's NMI has been at this site. While not defending their disposal procedures it probably employed over 20,00 people and was a good company to work for. They were very supportive of Cocord and the neighboring town's charity organizations. People built around the site with neighborhoods, industrial parks and a camp for kids (Why, when they knew NMI was there) Their products were benficial to our nation's defense. Will Tuffin, their former president was a man who was admired and respected by many. I am sorry that things got out of hand but many things happened in the 50's and 60's which were unregulated. I really appreciated the fact that many residents of this area were employed by the company but they did do some good things and they do deseve some respect instead of being degraded as the Town of Concord has done to a good company in it's day.
Bill Montague July 20, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Hi Peter, By the same token, we might say the same thing about the tobacco industry! They also employed untold numbers of people. In my opinion what needs to be looked at, is not the so-called good that one can say they did. The most important aspect of any business is how much harm they have done. The tobacco folks are still in business in spite of the harm they have done. To say that NMI products were benficial to our nation's defense. Is one way to look at it. I would venture to say that what people do for money and greed needs to be judged by all the people in our nation as to the moral value to the vast numbers of citizens. NMI was not interested in peoples health at all. They were only interested in making money. Just like the Tobacco Industry is. You point of view is valuable and I am happy you brought it up. However each reader has their own set of moral values. So I am interested in what the general public thinks. Let's leave it up to them to decide. Cheers! Bill Montague
Mark De Binder July 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM
WHat many don't know is that along Border Rd which is right behind Starmet, there have been well over 23 cases of terminal cancer, my Mother being one of them. My Mother and our long time next door neighbor both succumbed to Multiple Meyloma. The odds of two next door neighbors getting that same disease are astronomical. They, like many of us had spent hours and hours walking the woods and trails back there. I wonder if the Superfund carved out funds for the cancer victims!
Bill Montague July 20, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Dear Mark, Thank you for that valuable information! Now let us judge NMI on these facts! I was aware of many cases of terminal cancer but did not know the facts that you have brought to our attention! Thank you! Bill Montague
Mark De Binder July 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Your Welcome Bill, I also did not mention that our two Golden Retrievers both died of cancer at 9 years of age. They (before we knew what it was) would frequent the sludge pond back in the woods. The 23 cases of human cancer is the tally my Mother had over the years. Is any profit worth 23 lives and all the suffering that went with it? Nuclear Metals could have chosen a site in a remote location that would not have affected humans.

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