Western Middle School Fields
Western Middle School Fields Environmental Testing
Project Summary (Updated April 22, 2019): In the summer of 2016, environmental soil samples were collected from the WMS fields resulting in concentrations of environmental constituents that exceeded the Connecticut CTDEEP Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (RDEC) in portions of the fields. Although concentrations of the constituents identified exceeded the RDEC, they did not exceed Federal or State regulatory thresholds requiring immediate reporting or action at that time. However, after initial consultation with the Town and State Departments of Public Health, the fields were closed as a precautionary measure. Subsequent evaluation of the soils under the field completed in November 2016 identified concentrations of PCBs above CT’s 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). PCBs were also determined to be above the concentrations allowed under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its implementing PCB regulations. These findings required consultation with the EPA. Since 2016, environmental testing of the WMS fields has been ongoing and has included continued consultation with CTDEEP, CTDPH, and EPA. To date, over 550 soil samples have been collected across the fields (to depths of 10 feet) to evaluate the extent of impacts at the athletic fields to help design an appropriate remedy for the site.
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.