1. The proposed excavation will take place next to AUL (retracted May 2018) which has buried debris from Mill and the Carbonizer area which has been identified to have heavy metals and PCBs in the environment. How will this be made safe? What exactly is causing discolored soils and waters in this area? How far has contamination spread? Will other locations of the property be tested for contaminants? How will site clean up proceed? Will the new Abbyville homeowners have partial ownership on their deeds for the responsibility and the costs associated into perpetuity to maintain the cleanup? Some Abbyville homes are not on Buckley Mann property. Will they be excluded from the responsibilities?
2. WHY dig down 50 feet? How much money are we talking about from the sale of this much earth/gravel? The amount of earth removal for average house is 200 - 400 Cubic Yards. Abbyville will excavate 650,000 to 1,000,000 Cubic Yards depending on which design is approved. Zoning Board should ask the Applicant to account for all income from the sale of the excavated materials. The financial statements show that the profit for the Preserve will be $ 9,659,734 at 16.16% profit from $59,787,505. The ZBA should know exactly where the gravel income is accounted for as it is not clearly labeled on public documents. Any excess profits above 20% are owed to the Town,
3. WHAT are the guidelines for 40b projects to help them blend into the surrounding neighborhoods? This one is in a pit 50-60' down. Guidelines written from the state suggest 40b designs FOLLOW EXISTING TOPOGRAPHY and RELATIONSHIP TO ADJACENT STREETS www.mass.gov/hed/docs/dhcd/legal/comprehensivepermitguidelines.pdf (see pg IV-3)
"Where possible, the site plan should take advantage of the natural topography and site features, or the addition of landscaping, to help buffer massing."
"Relationship to Adjacent Streets – The manner in which the buildings relate to adjacent streets is critically important. Massing should take into account the pattern of the existing street frontage as well as maintain a human scale by reasonably relating the height of buildings to the width of the public way."
4. WHEN is this to take place? If approved, Abbyville trucking will occur for at least the next 7-8 years during the 5 Phases. You may send letters with health, safety and environmental concerns to the ZBA as long as hearings have not closed.
7. The Mill River is listed as "IMPAIRED" by the Massachusetts DEP due to water temperature. It needs a TMDL (Total Max Daily Load) so that it will not continue to degrade. To date, this has not been done. With the discharge of the wastewater treatment plant in close proximity to sensitive receptor areas like the Mill River, more scrutiny is warranted. Does the Orange/Red Plume going into the Mill River violate the Clean Water Act?
8. Sensitive Receptors-Are they protected? The Tail Race and surrrounding wetlands are included in the "assessed waters" by the DEP and listed as state body type: "RIVER". iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl_waters10/attains_waterbody.control?p_au_id=MA72-15&p_cycle=2014#tmdls . These are the waterbodies that were assessed to be "IMPAIRED". The Rivers Act states 200' buffer zones are required. Some construction and site grading will take place inside the 200’ buffer zone.