Western Middle School environmental testing results released

Fields closed as a precaution until further notice

This summer, environmental testing was conducted on soil samples from the Western Middle School (WMS) fields as requested by the State Department of Public Health (DPH).

Preliminary oral reports received from Langan, the Town’s environmental consultant, 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 are closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Although they 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.

See full press release for more information.

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

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

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