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November 17, 2008

Environmental Subcommittee Meeting on Power Plant- Finally!

by at 11:51 am.

This Wednesday evening, at 6:00 PM at Lowell City Hall, the Environmental Subcommittee will discuss the proposed Billerica power plant and the consequent impacts to Lowell. Subcommittee members as well as attendees will ask questions and make comments. The developer will be present. It is also expected that City Manager, Bernie Lynch, will attend. The Environmental Subcommittee includes City Councilor, Rodney Elliott, as Chair, Councilor Kevin Broderick, and Councilor William F. Martin. They have been trying since May to have this meeting.

Although the Lowell Sun has reported that the Energy Facilities Siting Board has rendered a tentative decision to permit the plant, the EFSB must still deliberate a final decision. More importantly, the proposal has yet to pass the scrutiny of several boards in Billerica. The process is far from over and the voice of neighboring residents continues to be very important. The neighborhoods near the proposed site would suffer increased noise and traffic, and reduced air quality. Lowell’s school buses travel the same roads tankers would use, and a newly renovated playground is on the same route.

A large show of support will send a strong signal to Lowell officials about the importance of this issue to its residents. Senator Panagiotakos and Representatives Golden, Nangle, and Murphy have been invited to attend.

One Response to “Environmental Subcommittee Meeting on Power Plant- Finally!”

  1. Paige Says:

    Thank you Subcommittee for staying vigilant about this issue. Those that attended heard new tales from the developer-what is he telling the City Manager about L’Energia as well? Let Rodney, Alan, and Bernie know that you value your respiratory health, that you are worried about the school buses the kids are on and that sharing the roads with 250 more vehicles in the morning is not really helpful to your productivity. Don’t forget the 495 corridor revamp is coming and the exit 37 ramp is high on the list, as is the Rte 3/495 interchange.

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