Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 20, 2014

Questions linger on toxic sludge settlement


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

I just came across your article again titled “Toxic sludge case settled” (Townsman, Dec. 26).

I was unable to attend the meeting on Dec. 19, but I have a few questions on the decision to settle.

Has the award been paid to James Berberian yet and how much of it did his lawyer get?

Why did he win the award and why do taxpayers have to bear the bulk (or any) of the burden for the award when Pennoni Associates was apparently in violation of Environmental Protection Agency rules?

Is there any requirement for Pennoni and Berberian to use the award money to clean up the wetlands, etc. themselves now? Or was the award made only to punish the town (taxpayers) for EPA violation?

What becomes of the contamination problem now?

I think the Board of Selectmen and others involved in the award should be held accountable for why the award was made. Or did I miss something?

Don Ross

198 Chandler Road