Broken links on MassDEP website impede ability to do research

More shenanigans at the DEP? Or just a badly managed internet site?

FRRACS members have been sifting through thousands of pages of reports to prepare for the upcoming Public Involvement Plan meeting. These reports are related to soil contamination at the site and Enbridge’s draft Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan. In the midst of our research, we discovered that key documents were missing from MassDEP’s website. These documents are necessary for the review of Enbridge’s draft RAM plan, as well as other reports. We promptly sent a request to DEP asking them to fix the broken links and to allow for an extension of the PIP comment period.

You can view our press release here.

The Patriot Ledger also covered this story. You can read Jessica Trufant’s article here: Compressor critics say website issues impeding research

Excerpt: “Residents say they need more time to review more than 1,000 pages of data on a proposed natural-gas compressor station and related documents because of technical errors with the state Department of Environmental Protection’s website that have delayed and even prevented their research.

Weymouth resident Margaret Bellafiore said she sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection over the weekend asking for more time for the respondents to research TRC Environmental Corp.’s draft report called a “release abatement measure” plan, which covers the cleanup of contamination on the proposed compressor site. The state Department of Environmental Protection defines the plan as “a voluntary remedial measure taken to totally clean up small problems, or reduce the magnitude of larger problems.”

Bellafiore said scientists, doctors and residents have been “stymied” trying to evaluate the plan due to technical problems with the state agency’s website, including links to necessary reports that don’t work.

“The missing documents appear to include most, if not all, of the documents related to MassDEP guidance on site cleanup and human health risk assessment,” she said. “These documents refer to guidance on risk characterization, soil contamination calculations, and risk to construction workers at contaminated sites, among other topics.”

The meeting on the plan was originally scheduled for Sept. 25, but was later moved to 7 p.m. this Thursday at Abigail Adams Middle School, 89 Middle St., after Bellafiore asked for more time to review the data.” (Jessica Trufant, 2019)