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Site walk of polluted area in Wallingford canceled

Site walk of polluted area in Wallingford canceled



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WALLINGFORD — The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission canceled a special meeting scheduled for today.

Commission members would have toured the Ametek Inc. property at 5 and 21 Toelles Road.

The soil is contaminated by industrial pollution on 2.3 acres of the site. Former property owner Pfizer Inc. is responsible for the cleanup and has applied to the commission for a permit.

Pfizer and Ametek objected to potential visitors on the site besides commission members, town officials and representatives from the two companies, according to a letter to the town dated Tuesday from project consulting firm Woodard and Curran.

Members of the general public would have been excluded from the tour, the letter stated.

The commission canceled the meeting Wednesday. Open meeting laws would have been violated if the public had been denied access to the meeting.

“Pfizer and Ametek fully support the IWWC site visit and look to continue cooperating in the application review process,” the letter stated. “As you know, the property is a privately-owned, active industrial facility with specific health and safety protocols the must be adhered to, including those related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Town Environmental Planner Erin O’Hare said Wednesday that instead of a group site walk, each member will be able to tour the site individually, though none have been scheduled yet.

LTakores@record-journal.com

203-317-2212

Twitter: @LCTakores


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