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Western Middle School Fields Environmental Testing
Fields Closed as a Precaution Until Further Notice
Partial Field Re-Opening Anticipated in Fall 2017

Project Summary (Updated August 16, 2017): Environmental testing conducted over the summer of 2016 on soil samples from the Western Middle School (WMS) fields indicate levels of environmental constituents that exceed the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) residential direct exposure criteria in portions of the fields. Concentrations of the constituents identified did not exceed Federal or State regulatory thresholds requiring immediate reporting or action at that time. However, based on those results, and after initial consultation with the Town and State Departments of Public Health, the Western Middle School fields were closed as a precautionary measure. Soil testing and analysis completed in November 2016 found concentrations of PCBs above CT’s Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (RDEC) of 1 mg/kg at three grid locations on the field. At one of the three locations, soil samples were reported to contain concentrations of PCBs above the CT significant environmental hazard (SEH) threshold of 15 mg/kg (15x the RDEC) and above the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) threshold of 50 mg/kg. These findings required consultation with the USEPA and initiated ongoing sampling and analysis in order to fully delineate the site to understand the extent of the impacted soil.

8/16/17: Western Middle School Fields Update: Preliminary Summer Testing Results Released; Partial Field Re-opening Anticipated (En Español)
Map: PCB Delineation Analytical Results Map - July 2017 Draft
Map: WMS Field Map - Proposed Area to be Re-opened - July 2017 Draft

4/20/17: Update to Board of Education on Western Middle School Fields - RTM Presentation Materials

3/24/17: Western Middle School Fields Update: Site Sampling and Testing Resumes (En Español)

11/16/16: Western Middle School Fields Update: Additional Details Provided on Initial Delineation Soil Sampling; Next Round of Soil Sampling Authorized to Begin

11/4/16: Western Middle School Fields Update: Lead and Chlordane Areas Successfully Delineated; PCB Areas Require Further Soil Sampling to Complete Delineation (En Español)

10/6/16: WMS Fields Update: Environmental Consultants Authorized to Begin Next Steps in Testing Fields

9/27/16: Community Forum: Western Middle School Fields Flyer (En Español)

* Audio/Visuals from Forum: Presentation Powerpoint | Forum Video (Vimeo link)

9/23/16: Western Middle School Fields Update - CT Department of Health Concurs with HHRA; Offers Additional Recommendations (En Español)

9/7/16: Surficial Soil Investigation Report for Western Middle School Fields

9/7/16: Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) for Western Middle School Fields

8/31/16: Joint Town of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools Press Release (En Español)

8/31/16: Website Background Statement on Western Middle School Fields:

Western Middle School Fields Environmental Testing Results Released
Fields Closed as a Precaution Until Further Notice

Environmental testing conducted this summer on soil samples from the Western Middle School (WMS) fields indicate levels of environmental constituents that exceed the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) residential direct exposure criteria in portions of the fields. Concentrations of the constituents identified do not exceed Federal or State regulatory thresholds requiring immediate reporting or action. However, based on these results, and after initial consultation with the Town and State Departments of Public Health, the Western Middle School fields were closed until further notice as a precautionary measure. Although we are not obligated by State or Federal standards to close the fields based on these initials findings, First Selectman Peter J. Tesei and Interim Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Corda, agree with Town DPH recommendations that it is in the best interest of students, families, staff and the community to close the fields until such time as a plan of action can be developed and implemented.