Town has shut the public out of remediation process

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorThe following letter was originally written to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and is being reprinted with the author’s permission.

To the Editor

On February 26, 2013 the MISA Building Committee convened a massive “secret meeting” to discuss PCB soil remediation at Greenwich High School.

Attending were four members of MISA Building Committee, three selectmen, seven members of Board Of Education, 12 members of Board of Estimate and Taxation, one MISA Building Committee outside counsel, one town of Greenwich outside counsel, the Greenwich town attorney, two members of the Department of Public Works including the director, one grounds director for the Greenwich Public Schools, two MISA project directors, one RTM member, two MISA contractors, the Greenwich town administrator, one director of Parks and Recreation, and the Greenwich managing director of operations.

The press and public were excluded.

At the meeting, the participants agreed to tell the press and public that the EPA had given approval for the town of Greenwich to commence soil remediation at GHS: “Obtained EPA Agreement to allow project to proceed in accordance with the remediation plan described by the EPA,” according to the MISA Building Committee quarterly report for the quarter ending March 31, 2013.

I ask the commission to order all notes, site plans, computer files, records, email, contracts and correspondence, in the custody of every participant at this meeting, be placed in the public record and on the town of Greenwich website, accessible to all members of the public; a civil penalty of $1,000 be imposed on each secret meeting participant and every MISA soil remediation action, taken at every subsequent public meeting, be declared “null and void.”

With reference to this secret meeting, the Greenwich town attorney recently stated, “We do not have EPA approval as of this day.”

 

Bill Effros
Greenwich

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