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January 3, 2021:
Last Fall’s Progress in Creating a Nature Park at the Powder Farm

A virtual community forum last August brought together people already working to transform the Olin Powder Farm, and people curious about it, for a community conversation. See that forum here.
In September and October, 175 neighbors joined in petitioning the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to ask that she prioritize ordering Olin Corporation to clean up and remediate remaining hazardous waste on the Powder Farm.In November, the Olin Powder Farm Steering Committee met with DEEP leaders and received assurance that DEEP will immediately move forward and push Olin Corporation to clean up the site. DEEP has already begun those communications with Olin. And in December, the Steering Committee contacted Olin Corporation representatives, inviting Olin to collaboratively work with us toward realizing the vision of a community nature park.What’s Next? The Steering Committee will team up with Town of Hamden leadership to set a common vision for the Powder Farm. We started the work to draft vision elements for the nature park that preserve its ecological assets and ensure it is welcoming and accessible to all neighborhoods and town visitors. This vision also considers the potential for very limited development on site. We will remain consistent with these goals and place the Powder Farm’s benefits to the town and community first.The Steering Committee looks forward, in the months ahead, to holding a community forum and receiving your input and thoughts from Newhall and surrounding neighborhoods and other interested stakeholders on this vision. A common vision for a community nature park can bring us all together and help shape and efficiently move the remediation on the property forward. All neighborhoods deserve safe nature preserves.