Haley and Aldrich Reports, 1980 -
- 1980 to Present
- Haley & Aldrich (Organization)
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14 boxes (12 cartons, 1 Hollinger box, 1 oversize (8 x 13.75 x 5.5))
The W.R. Grace site, locaed 62 Whittmore Avenue in Cambridge near Rindge Avenue along Alewife Brook Parkway and next to Russell Field, was polluted with 650,000 to 1.2 million pounds of asbestos due to a history of manufacturing processes that contaminated soils and underground water[1, 2]. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volitile organic substances, and heavy metals have also been found on the site and adjacent Russell Field. Before the 20th Century, the site was a marshy field, mined for clay by several companies. From 1919 to 1940, Dewey and Almy manufactured rubber and rubber based products and later developed dispersants, such as DAXAD, before being bought by W.R. Grace in 1954. After three decades of transportation planning, including the extension of Route 2, the proposed Inner Belt plan, and the construction of the MBTA's Red Line, Cambridge's Community Development issued a master plan for Alewife redevelopment. In 1987, W.R. Grace submitted proposals for an office complex along the 27 acres. After years of testing revealing contaminated soil and groundwater at both the site and the neighboring Russell Field, plans for development were halted. W.R. Grace hired Haley & Aldrich, Inc., an underground engineering and environmental consulting firm, to manage the site, which includes planning for development, participating in community planning, and testing.
In 2002, Harvard University was required to submit a Release Abatement Measure (RAM) plan for its Oxford Street parking facility.
In 2007, Harvard University was cited for a release or possible release of oil and/or hazardous material at Story and Wyeth Halls and Baker House at 23 Everett Street. Story and Wyeth Halls were dormitories for Harvard Law School students. Wyeth Hall was demolished in 2007 for the construction of Harvard's newest law school building at 1585 Massachusetts Avenue.
 Alewife Study Group, "Public Meeting at W. R. Grace, 16 December 2004" Flyer, retrieved 27 July 2017 here:http://www.alewife.org/grace/community_feedback/2004_12_16_meetingatgraceflyer.html
Letter to Commissioner of Environmental Protection, David B. Struhs, November 12, 1997, from Alewife Study Group, retrieved 27 July 2017: http://www.alewife.org/grace/community_feedback/1997_11_12_public_officials_struhs_of_dep_asbestos.html
Alewife Study Group, "Brief history of the W. R. Grace site in North Cambridge, Massachusetts and surrounding areas," retrieved 27 July 2017: http://www.alewife.org/grace/chronology_by_decade.html , Ibid. , Ibid. , Ibid. , Ibid. , Ibid.
Organization of Collection
Series I: W.R. Grace, 1980- present
Series II:Harvard Projects, 2002-2013
About 350 items grouped chronologically within each series. While only a broad chronological listing within each series is given here, many of the reports were previously cataloged individually in the Library’s online public access catalogue.
- Haley and Aldrich Reports, 1980-
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- January 14, 2015
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