[NEWS] Incinerator’s Request for More Landfill Space Sparks Environmental Protests

– by Katie Lannan, July 26, 2016, WWLP


Photo: WWLP

Environmental advocates and Saugus residents on Tuesday presented state officials with a petition and letters opposing a landfill capacity expansion for the trash incinerator, pledging to fight instead for the facility’s closure.

Addressing reporters outside the building that houses the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the group voiced concerns over potential environmental and community impacts of Wheelabrator Saugus’ request to expand its ash landfill.

Rep. RoseLee Vincent, a Revere Democrat whose district includes parts of Saugus, said the current fight against expansion of the landfill is the “first time ever that our voices are finally being heard.”

“We’ve been trying to shut this down for 14 years. I’ve only been a rep for two years. This has become a priority for me,” Vincent told the News Service. “This is a priority. Before I leave office, that ash landfill, with the help of God, with the help of people in the administration, is going to see the injustice. It’s definitely a total environmental injustice.”

Speakers at the event said they planned to deliver to state officials a petition with more than 800 signatures and more than 120 letters opposing any expansion of the landfill and requesting state and local reviews of the facility.


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