Soil contamination under investigation

ORANGE - Prompted by rumors that contaminated soil was used at the Great River Golf Course bordering Orange and Milford, First Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt wants residents to know he is already working on the issue and will get to the bottom of the allegations. The course is 18-holes and sprawls 150 acres.

Admitting that he does not know whether contaminated fill in fact was used, Goldblatt has taken a proactive approach. He has already contacted Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Blumenthal said he is reviewing the allegations.

"My office is prepared to look into the information (that has been) presented. The claims are serious and merit review," Blumenthal said.

Following his conversation with Neal Williams, an environmental analyst in the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Environmental Protection, Goldblatt said there are questions regarding the remediation that took place at the Jenkins Valve site in Bridgeport. It has been rumored that the soil removed during the remediation process was toxic and cannot be traced. The site is now the home of the Bridgeport Bluefish, known as Harbor Yard.

Williams said he was in the process of reviewing the issue and no formal complaints have been filed.

Goldblatt said he wants residents to know that their welfare is being protected.

"I want to assure the residents of Orange that I am exploring every avenue possible to make sure that residents' homes and wells remain safe," Goldblatt said.

Repeated calls to the developer, Al Lenoce were not returned at press time. Lenoce had involvement with the construction of Harbor Yard and has been involved in the FBI probe into alleged corruption among city officials in Bridgeport.