"It isn't that we're sitting on top of a toxic waste dump or on a solid waste dump," DVTA General Manager Randy Schoonmaker told the Reformer last week.
When we do, we'll come up with a financial plan and go to them," Schoonmaker
"We wanted to find out before this process, whether there were any community concerns," Schoonmaker
"On Jan. 11, based on public input and decisions, they will finalize and approve the plan and we'll be ready to move forward," Schoonmaker
The remediation process calls for the DVTA
to cap all soils, by either putting a building on top with concrete or put pavement over the soil.
The association could also put fabric and four inches of soil over the area, then seed it.
"The plan says, 'Here's the studies and here's what you got to do,'" said Schoonmaker
It had 100 years of history of manufacturing all types of things like broom handles, bread and ammunition boxes," Schoonmaker
Motorcycles were also assembled there, and it was a Barnboard facility in the 1970s.
Afterwards, the place went dormant but then the site was used as a lumberyard for a couple years.
"Then it was leased out to a bunch of little businesses, including us.
We bought it in 2004 with the idea that we wanted to have offices in Dover and a garage in Wilmington, so we're only seven miles apart," said Schoonmaker
"We then got our own grant in 2012 and decided we were going to build a $4 million office, garage space and driver facilities," Schoonmaker
The first factory started in 1915," said Schoonmaker
We tore down 60,000 square feet of the building," said Schoonmaker
There is 22,000 square feet of the building still left that the DVTA
is still using.
"The idea is to tear most of that down after we move into our new building.
We have 9.5 acres down there," said Schoonmaker
The Vermont DEC then decided that more soil tests were necessary because standards had gotten stricter since 2003.
"So we spent the summer and fall doing tests and found that our site had higher-than-acceptable levels of PAHs," said Schoonmaker
PAHs are pollutants that can be found in the atmosphere and are known as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.
Arsenic was found again in the soil, which Schoonmaker
says is "naturally prevalent in all Vermont soil."
Because the location is a Brownfield site, the DVTA
is using a Brownfield remediation program.
said that Brownfield has been "extremely helpful in getting us the technicians, testing, studies and consultants.
They're also going to help provide remediation funding."
said that this clean-up process could not have been done without the help from Brownfield.
"There is no danger or harm and there never has been.
There's very moderate levels.
This is a very standard procedure," said Schoonmaker