Stratford Snafu

Jul 13, 2011 | Posted by: THE GENUINEPHYLLIS | Full story: www.newhavenadvocate.com

The hotshots who flew into battle in gull-winged Corsairs built along the bank of the Housatonic River had a word for it.

So did the tank jockeys who fired up engines made in the same sprawling complex decades later.

That word is SNAFU. For the uninitiated, it stands for "Situation Normal, All F***ed Up."

The federal government is once again trying to find someone anyone willing to buy the 126-acre, 1.75 million-square-foot industrial dinosaur that sits between Sikorsky Memorial Airport and the river. The U.S. Army, owner of this monster monument to aviation and military history, has been hoping to unload it ever since the plant was shut down in 1998. (By some estimates, it's costing taxpayers $2 million a year just to maintain the place and keep trespassers out....

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The underlying problem is pollution. Pollution from Sikorsky's work in the 1920s and '30s, when no one knew or cared much about industrial damage to the environment. Pollution from the frantic efforts to churn out fighters during the 1940s, when industrial contamination concerns took a back seat to the war effort. Pollution from the decades before environmental protection laws were finally enacted.

"They didn't know any better," says Bob Meyer, a project engineer with Ferguson Williams, the company hired by the Army to maintain the vast Stratford complex.

Meyer is one of the experts who gives every visitor a required "safety briefing" before they're allowed on the property. The reason is the lung-destroying asbestos that was used to insulate the factory's pipes; and cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used in the site's massive transformers; and lead paint, applied decades before people were aware of the danger; and hexavalent chrome, a toxic metal treatment that is still present in one small portion of the factory; and mercury, used in the thousands of old fluorescent lights throughout the complex.

A good deal of the old contamination has been cleaned up, according to Meyer. The Army shipped out three tractor-trailer loads of PCBs, but there's more that needs to be removed. Exactly how much hazardous industrial pollution remains and what it would cost to remove it is a little uncertain.

Meyer says the extent of the cleanup would depend on what the place was going to be used for in the future. He's heard one estimate that completely eliminating all pollution from the property, which might need to be done if you wanted to build residential housing and stuff like playgrounds, could cost $200 million.

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Good Question-How many people who worked there for many years were exposed daily to these contaminants? Too many are ill or have died as a result of exposure for many years. This is just another Stratford Albatross draining the taxpayers dry!!

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2 million a year ??? Costing CT taxpayers or JUST Stratford taxpayers??
In either case an awful lot of money in a bad or good economy for yet another Stratford Albatross!!

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The underlying problem is pollution. Pollution from Sikorsky's work in the 1920s and '30s, when no one knew or cared much about industrial damage to the environment. Pollution from the frantic efforts to churn out fighters during the 1940s, when industrial contamination concerns took a back seat to the war effort. Pollution from the decades before environmental protection laws were finally enacted.

"They didn't know any better," says Bob Meyer, a project engineer with Ferguson Williams, the company hired by the Army to maintain the vast Stratford complex.

Meyer is one of the experts who gives every visitor a required "safety briefing" before they're allowed on the property. The reason is the lung-destroying asbestos that was used to insulate the factory's pipes; and cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used in the site's massive transformers; and lead paint, applied decades before people were aware of the danger; and hexavalent chrome, a toxic metal treatment that is still present in one small portion of the factory; and mercury, used in the thousands of old fluorescent lights throughout the complex.

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What the heck? THIS IS A DINOSAUR FORUM!
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Wrong forum fuckwit.
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Welcome The GenuinePhyllis!

Hope you'll stay a while!

Look around and be sure to vote YES in the TEAM poll!
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The beast with hands. The beast with a tail. My family want blackk drug dealers and users in jail.

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THE GENUINEPHYLLIS wrote:
2 million a year ??? Costing CT taxpayers or JUST Stratford taxpayers??
In either case an awful lot of money in a bad or good economy for yet another Stratford Albatross!!
Yes, that is a lot of money. Good night, friend.

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The hell did you guys come from??

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topix always puts threads in more than one forum, based off of key words in the title. Since this article says "dinosaur" at one part, it was included in our forum.

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Arm Titan wrote:
topix always puts threads in more than one forum, based off of key words in the title. Since this article says "dinosaur" at one part, it was included in our forum.
Thats weird. I guess thats what happend in the dinos bible thing, and religous zealots started posting :P

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#12 has a LONG way to go before he catches up to the REAL America Gentleman Samuel!!

He'll be on here for DAYS just trying! LOL!

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I agree with my good friend, Lynne. Glad to hear from her again. #12 is not me, and just started out with 87 insults and register this month. Ban him now.
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Danbury Gay Boy is the Inbreed from Bethel posting all the anti-Black rhetoric using a variety of names. The Inbreed often often has Homosexual sex with black men behind SYCAMORE's. It has been caught bent over the hood of a car on cruise night with a black dude plow it in the ass. It is a racist because when it was young it would see it's mother having sex with hung black men at the trailer park. It belongs in a trailer park like every other inbreed sub human toothless white trash ANIMAL
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So confusing.

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