Stamford signs consent order with DEP regarding Scofieldtown Park

Sep 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Pollution

After many months of studies, testing and negotiations, Mayor Michael Pavia hasannounced that he and the city’s Director of Legal Affairs, Michael D. Larobina, signed a consent order with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection concerning Scofieldtown Park.

The consent order was signed by the city on Sept. 9, 2010, and signed by the DEP the next day. It outlines the process the city will undertake to bring the park to a higher level of use for the future. The consent order lays out an orderly process for hiring design engineers and construction contractors with an agreed upon timetable.

Mayor Pavia said he is glad the consent order has been negotiated. “This is the result of many hours of work on the part of many people and brings to a conclusion the questions that exist about the future of the park. We now have a concrete road map as to how we proceed with Scofieldtown Park.”

Michael Larobina said “the consent order settles all possible claims and enforcement action the State of Connecticut can have against the City.” “I’m confident we have come to a mutually agreeable settlement that serves both the interest of the City and the State.”

Prior to Mayor Pavia taking office, the park was the subject of questions concerning well water contamination to private wells. After extensive testing by an independent environmental consultant (TRC), no links have been established between the park and the well contamination. The consent order will allow the City to bring the remediation of the park to current technology standards to ensure the conclusions of the TRC study remains the same in the long term future.

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