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The Massachusetts Mothers Out Front Pipeline Task Force is encouraging you to take a few minutes now to send a message to the MA Department of Environmental Protection letting them know that you oppose this project because it poses a serious threat to health, safety, environment, and the economy.

They are supporting Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) in fighting the compressor station because it would:

  • pose serious risks of explosions to our neighbors.

  • degrade the local air quality and health of families who live there.

  • contribute to fossil fuel infrastructure that fuels climate change.

MassDEP is holding a 30-day public comment period on a Draft Network Plan for air quality monitoring and they need to hear from all of us!

Please consider emailing the message below by December 14 to Thomas McGrath, Chief MassDEP Air Assessment Branch: Thomas.McGrath@mass.gov. Please personalize your message to get his attention and tell him why it matters to you.

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COPY AND PASTE INTO AN EMAIL, PERSONALIZE, AND SEND TO Thomas.McGrath@mass.gov:

Dear Thomas McGrath, Chief, MassDEP Air Assessment Branch,

My name is ___________ and I am a resident of _____________. I am a mother/grandmother of ____ children and am extremely concerned about the safety risks and health impacts that the Weymouth Compressor Station poses to fellow Massachusetts families.

We know from peer-reviewed studies and federal agency analyses that compressor stations degrade air quality. We expect a new compressor station in an industrial port area to further degrade the poor air quality in the Fore River basin. The children and families that live in the Fore River basin already carry an undue burden of disease and should be considered a sensitive and vulnerable population that would be disproportionately affected by locally degraded air quality. In fact, Quincy Point and Germantown already have state and federal recognition as Environmental Justice areas. Moreover, community health around the Fore River designated port area is already significantly worse than the state average according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health data released as part of the ongoing health impact assessment, including pediatric and adult asthma (Weymouth), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Weymouth, Quincy, & Braintree), and heart attacks (Weymouth, Quincy, & Braintree). We know that degraded air pollution will negatively affect these conditions, and pose undue burdens on the families who suffer from these illnesses.

In response to this public health threat to vulnerable populations, we ask you to take the following steps to monitor the environment by providing additional scientific basis of air quality. We request the following:

  • Establish a long-term air quality monitoring site in the Fore River basin area inside or within close proximity of the designated port area.

  • Include nitrogen dioxide (NO2) monitoring in the Fore River basin.Regulatory modeling for the proposed Weymouth compressor station did not take into account marine vessel emissions, nor are they represented at any existing monitoring sites. Marine vessel sources in and around the Fore River designated port area include marinas, ferries, tugs, and ocean vessels serving port area industries, and yet there are currently no monitoring sites to track the impact of these emissions.

  • Conduct long term VOC and aldehyde testing (e.g., every six days) in order to reasonably evaluate these existing air quality problems, beyond the problems that were identified as part of the health impact assessment.

As a mother/grandmother, I know that quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink affects our health and our wellbeing as productive members of our communities. As the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, we call on you to protect the most vulnerable among us by monitoring, preserving, and improving our air quality.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention my concerns about a recent report by the UN that says we have just 12 years to reduce our greenhouse emissions by 50%. Another recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), says we cannot afford to build any more fossil fuel infrastructure without imperiling our planet. To keep warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius, we need every decision-maker in every agency, including Massachusetts DEP, to resist adding fossil fuels to our energy mix. The only way to protect our children and grandchildren from the worse effects of climate change—which include food insecurity, extreme heat, more mosquito and tick-borne illnesses (such as Lyme disease), and increased antibiotic resistance to name just a few—is to deny permits to the Weymouth compressor station.

Sincerely,
NAME

Phyllis Theermann

Sustainable Wellesley is pleased to announce that Dr. Regina LaRocque will be joining the Leadership Team.

Dr. LaRocque, MD MPH, is on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in the field of infectious disease for 15 years and has seen first hand the connection between climate change, respiratory problems and the spread of infectious diseases around the globe.

Dr. LaRocque often represents Partners HealthCare urging state lawmakers to invest in clean energy with clear facts on how it will have significant health benefits for citizens of the state.

LaRocque has been active in Sustainable Wellesley’s activities, and is a member of Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission.

We are grateful she has joined the leadership team and can offer her science based background and expertise on how climate change is impacting human health and the spread of infectious diseases.

Please welcome us in welcoming Dr. LaRocque.

Dr. LaRocque before Massachusetts lawmakers