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Apr 27, 2016 5:08 PM

Residents concerned over contaminated soil dumped in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY - There are concerns over contaminated soil being dumped in Londonderry. Town officials are upset they're just just finding out about it now, three months after the health department in Manchester was notified.

Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith tells NH1 News that Londonderry residents are directly affected by the contaminated soil, but nonetheless the town should have been notified as soon as the test results arrived in January.

Real estate development company Brady Sullivan is accused of taking contaminated soil from a site in Manchester, and dumping it in a gravel pit the company owns in Londonderry. That site borders a Manchester neighborhood where residents tell NH1 News they're upset about a lot of what the company has done in the area.

The Department of Environmental Services took samples from the pit, and discovered elevated levels of the chemical tetrachloroethylene or PCE, which is commonly used in dry-cleaning.

DES says it was an oversight they didn't notify Londonderry.

“It's a property that sits in Londonderry, so anytime there's hazardous materials dumped on a site in town we want to know about it, and know what's being done to clean it up,” Smith said.

Brady Sullivan released a statement saying:

“In connection with the assertion to the effect that Brady Sullivan improperly delivered contaminated soil from Mill West to other property it owns in Londonderry, Brady Sullivan had been informed prior to such delivery that NH DES had approved the delivery of such soil to such location. Other sites had been considered for the storage of the materials, however, Brady Sullivan’s third party environmental consultant advised Brady Sullivan at the time that NH DES had approved the Londonderry site for storage of the materials. Brady Sullivan has had materials delivered to various disposal facilities over the years and has always acted in accordance with the advice of its third party consultants and NH DES direction. A portion of the soil in Londonderry has since been relocated to a disposal facility with NH DES approval and Brady Sullivan will continue to cooperate with NH DES for the removal of the remaining soil to an appropriate facility, although Brady Sullivan is aware that in some instances NH DES does not require removal of soil but allows the soil to be treated in place. It is essential to understand that Brady Sullivan was not responsible for the contamination of the soil at the Mill West property and has been involved in a lengthy process of cleaning up problems caused in the past by other parties.”

Some of the soil has already been removed, and officials say that will continue until all of the contaminated soil is gone, but testing there will continue.

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