Lower Liberty Hill cleanup plan to be detailed tonight

GILFORD — Officials of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and GEI Consultants, Inc., representing Liberty Utilities, will present plans for removing the toxic coal tar burried on Lower Liberty Hill Road at an informational meeting at Town Hall this evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

Michael McCluskey of DES said yesterday that earlier this year the agency approved the approach proposed by GEI on behalf of Liberty Utilities, the last of several corporate successors to the firm responsible for dumping the coal tar in 1952 following the explosion of gas plant in Laconia. He said that GEI will outline the scope of the project and schedule of work, which has been estimated to require trucking approximately 45,000 cubic yards of tainted soil from the site and returning a commensurate volume off clean fill to it over the course of two construction seasons.

McCluskey said that GEI recently submitted its plan to DES for its final approval in anticipation of putting the work out to bid in the coming weeks and starting work in the spring of 2014.