Fairfield, CT – The Fairfield Health Department today announced the results of soil sampling conducted on August 22nd and 23rd, 2019 at 10 sites in the town.
Tighe & Bond, the Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) retained by the Town, advised today that “Based on the results of this sampling and in consultation with Meg Harvey, an epidemiologist with the CT Department of Health, it has been determined that the levels of detected constituents of concern allow for the continued use of the fields for athletic and recreational purposes”.
According to the findings of laboratory analysis carried out by Tighe & Bond, areas tested at five sites (Burroughs Park Soccer Field, Jennings Beach Playground, South Pine Creek Soccer Field, Sullivan Football Field, and Town Hall Soccer Fields) each showed one exceedance above the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (REC DEC). One site, the rear exterior area behind the recreation building and tennis court at the Old Dam Road Tennis Facility, showed two exceedances. Please refer to the chart below.
Tighe & Bond further advised that “environmental soil sampling to date for constituents of concern (COCs) at sports fields have only found slight exceedances of the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (RES DEC) for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), extractable total petroleum hydrocarbons (ETPH), PCB’s and arsenic
Areas tested at four sites/schools (Dougiello Softball Field, Holland Hill School Soccer field, Oldfield Soccer Field, and Tunxis Hill Soccer Fields) showed no exceedances above the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (RES DEC), and consequently are able to be returned to use. The Board of Education and Recreation Department are responsible for any decision on when these fields will be reopened.
For those sites requiring remediation, the Town will now work with Tighe & Bond in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health in designing an appropriate remediation action plans for each site. During this period, access at those specific areas will continue to be restricted.
Details of the testing and remediation plans will be updated on the Town’s special webpage: fairfieldct.org/filluseissues.
Residents with questions about these reports may contact the Fairfield Department of Health at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Fairfield initiated this testing process upon learning that possibly-contaminated material was improperly disposed of at the Town’s aggregate fill pile, and then used on town properties as fill or topsoil during the period 2013-2016, when Julian Development was managing the aggregate site, located at the DPW facility on Richard White Way. The Town is seeking damages from Julian Development for the costs the Town has incurred because Julian Development allowed the dumping of hazardous material at the fill pile, in violation of its contract with the Town.