Bond Funds for Raymark Site

February 1, 2017

Stratford’s legislative delegation applauded the inclusion of $2 million on the agenda of the State Bond Commission to fund the state portion of the first phase in a remedial action plan for soil and groundwater contamination remediation through the Federal Environmental Protection Agency at the Raymark superfund site in Stratford. The State Bond Commission will vote on the authorization at their meeting on Wednesday, February 1st in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Raymark, a manufacturer of brakes, clutch discs and friction components used in automobiles operated from 1919 until it closed in 1989, but left behind polluted soil which was used throughout Stratford as fill in several locations. The Stratford legislators have been working alongside the Harkins administration in concert with the EPA for years to remediate the pollution to this soil.

We can look at the success of Phase 1 of the Raymark remediation as an example. Based on that experience, we know there will be challenges and inconveniences, but when we look at the long game; this is the right thing to do for property owners, for our groundwater and for our overall environmental health. I want to thank my teammates on the Stratford Legislative delegation, the Governor and Mayor Harkins – this project has been a long journey.