So when Sanford Planning Director Jim Gulnac heard about a Targeted Assessment Grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, he immediately began setting up an application for Sanford and the Number One Pond.
According to Gulnac
, if the EPA
chooses Sanford for the Targeted Assessment Grant, the agency would hire consultants to begin testing the pond water for hazardous sediments to determine how much contamination there is and where exactly it is.
said because the EPA
would not be handing the town a set amount of funding for this project, the agency can determine how much it wants to spend on the project and the degree of testing it will perform on the pond.
"The town has reason to believe that the pond is somewhat contaminated – this was Phase 1 of the project," said Gulnac
"If the EPA
approves our application, they will hire consultants to begin the Phase 2 of the project – beginning the tests on the water quality of the pond.
Phase 3 of the project would be the actual cleanup of the pond once the testing is complete.
This could also be part of the Targeted Assessment Grant if we are approved.
said within the application, town officials specify what kind of testing and work they would ideally like to be done on the pond, but ultimately, the EPA
has control of the funds and their distribution.
would not hear whether the town has been approved for the grant until March.
has been working closely with the agency’s Boston branch representative Jim Byrne on this project.
"We would like a large amount of testing to be done within the pond, but also on different town properties around the pond," said Gulnac