Statement from Greenwich Public Schools, Friday, April 25, 2015
A Limited Phase II Environmental Site Investigation was conducted for the New Lebanon School. This Investigation included the collection of three soil samples from the adjacent baseball field. Two of the three samples contained arsenic at levels above the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria established by the CT Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection. As a result of this, the Greenwich Public Schools commissioned a Supplemental Limited Phase II to further investigate the baseball field adjacent to New Lebanon School.
Soil Investigation and Results
Twenty soil borings were advanced and a total of twenty soil samples were collected in a grid-like pattern across the field. The soil samples were collected at a depth of 0-1’ below ground surface. Five samples, of the 20 collected, contained arsenic at levels above the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria (RDEC).
GPS is working in concert with The Town of Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Works as well as the Town of Greenwich Health Department to evaluate the issues at the Site.
As a precautionary measure and at the direction of the Greenwich Health Department in consultation with the Town’s environmental consultant, the areas of the Site containing arsenic levels above the RDEC will be fenced off on Friday. During the next month, we will be performing additional analysis of the soils present at the Site in order to better define the areas that exceed the Residential Direct Exposure Criteria and identify the steps necessary to fully open the field to the public. We will have results by June 1, 2015 and will be able to discuss the next steps at that time.