Community Conducts 24-hr Air Quality Testing

Community Conducts 24-hr Air Quality Testing

ommunity members have been conducting air quality testing in and around the Fore River Basin for the past year. Last week, a group of folks sat with a VOC canister to collect a 24-hr sample. We would like to thank all who took time out of their day--and night!--to deliver and babysit the VOC canister at the site. As soon as we have any results, we will be discussing them.

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City of Quincy Files Resolutions Against the Compressor

The City of Quincy has been a great ally in the fight against the compressor. Thanks to the work of local residents and community groups, including Quincy Climate Action Network, the City of Quincy has passed two resolutions relating to the compressor station: One resolution deals with waterways issues (2016); the other deals with both S.469 and air quality monitoring (2017). We'd also like to thank Councillors Croall and LaForest for continuous, dedicated efforts in the fight against the compressor.

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Important Action Items

Important Action Items

On May 30, Dr. Curt Nordgaard presented data on the air quality near the proposed compressor site. We posted a recap of the meeting here and have a few videos of Dr. Nordgaard's presentation on our facebook. The Patriot Ledger also published a recap of the meeting, which you can read here.

Now that we've presented and talked about the results, it's time to take action! Read below for an outline of a few action items:

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Community Meeting: Data demonstrate violations of MassDEP guidelines for toxic air pollutants

Community Meeting: Data demonstrate violations of MassDEP guidelines for toxic air pollutants

To better understand current levels of air pollution in the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), FRRACS worked with GeoLabs/Phoenix Environmental Laboratories, a local testing laboratory using EPA approved testing methods to gather data in and around the Fore River Basin. FRRACS and the North Weymouth Civic Association also purchased formaldehyde testing badges that were analyzed by Advanced Chemical Sensors, a certified testing laboratory.  The results were alarming.

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Congressman Lynch Contacts Pipeline Safety Administration

Congressman Lynch Contacts Pipeline Safety Administration

Congressman Lynch wrote a letter of concern to the Executive Director of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation. For nearly two years, we have been trying to engage in conversation with PHMSA, as this is a project that should heavily concern them. We are glad that Congressman Lynch has raised his concerns with them. You can read the full letter below.

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MassDEP Indicates Ch. 91 Waterways Approval

MassDEP Indicates Ch. 91 Waterways Approval

The MassDEP released a letter today explaining that they intend to approve Spectra's Ch. 91 Waterways permit, pursuant upon "Special Conditions" to be carried out by Spectra.  We were not expecting it as we were under the impression that it could not be issued without the Wetlands permit.

There is a 21-day commenting period -- comments are due June 7. More info and a commenting guideline coming soon!

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