, Newburyport, MA

June 26, 2013

City releases Crow Lane spending details


---- — NEWBURYPORT — City officials are continuing to seek solutions to close and seal the landfill on Crow Lane, and they recently released a list of expenditures from the Financial Assurance Mechanism designed to meet that goal.

The FAM is a cash account created by New Ventures LLC, the landfill owner, at the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

It started with about $2.7 million, according to state and city officials. Municipal leaders say there is about $90,000 left.

In a response to a request by resident Ron Klodenski, Mayor Donna Holaday recently listed the following expenditures ordered by the state DEP (and funded from FAM):

An updated site survey to include the vernal pool, wetlands boundary and property boundry.

Extensive landfill gas system repairs including winterization and addition of a new condensate tank.

Repairs to the flexible membrane liner.

Basin 1 excavation and rock crushing, construction of an earthen berm, and completion of the discharge structure from Basin 1.

Study, investigation and design to improve the vacuum and enhance gas treatment associated with the discharge line from Basin 1.

Certification and production of documentation needed for DEP to release FAM funds for closure activities.

Seeding, wetlands work and new gas extraction system.

Holday has said she is seeking $180,000 to finish closure and to develop a post-closure plan.

State Rep. Mike Costello, D-Newburyport, has said he and others will be attempting to identify money in the state budget that will permit the site to be closed and to enable local officials to develop a post-closure plan for the landfill.