arsenic-poison-bottleA $1.1 million cost increase was identified in 2012 to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams, MA to decontaminate soil found to have arsenic. The arsenic was found in the railroad track ballasts and per the article may have spread beyond the ballasts to the surrounding soil. Arsenic solution was routinely used as a wood preservative and also as a pesticide and herbicide along railroad beds and associated right of ways. As of the date of publication of this post, it is our understanding that no environmental testing and specifically no soil testing is currently planned for the proposed Greenway in Dover.