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Chelmsford State Representative and State Senator candidates will be debating on October 16 at
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I n To w n N e w s :


Chelmsford awaits results of air-quality tests at plant
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quality test that was estimated to cost the company $10,000 to $15,000.

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AG G R E G AT E : O N T H E R E C O R D
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From: John Wojcik
<gto_john@yahoo.com>
Date: September 24, 2008
7:45:56 PM EDT
To:
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I state these issues because I care about this town
I have lived here in the same spot for 45 years.
I own three pieces of...
Eric Dahlberg and Rachel Harvey discuss
                the proposed Aggregate expansion
               on Tom Christiano’...
http://www.besafenet.com/Asphalt.htm

                     Asphalt Plant Pollution
Asphalt plants mix gravel and sand with...
sions, large amounts of harmful quot;fugitive emissionsquot; are released as the asphalt is
moved around in trucks and con...
Federal regulations based on the quot;acceptable riskquot; model and self-regulating honor
systems are inadequate to prote...
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From: Tom Christiano <tchristiano@comcast.net>
Date: September 22, 2008 4:10:43 PM EDT
Subject: P...
Chelmsford air-quality tests are in
By Rita Savard, rsavard@lowellsun.com
Article Last Updated: 09/27/2008

CHELMSFORD -- ...
Ciampa said Aggregate now meets quot;ISO 14,000,quot; a strict international standard
of environmental-management systems ...
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Storage tank plans fuel health fears
Neighbors worry plant may expand

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In August, at the last public hearing, neighbors of the plant said the fa -
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  1. 1. POWER PLANT A G G R E G AT E U P D AT E U P D AT E 9-28-08 9-28-08 From day one I’ve been against this, I think this has been done the On paper it looks like a great wrong way. idea... When Massachussetts is trying to But this company with all due become the greenest state and we’ve passed respect hasn’t been exactly a legislation to make that happen. model corperate citizen, they’ve got a pretty lenghthy I think we’re just going in track record. the wrong direction Anyone with an internet Secratary Bowles, he knows my thoughts I’ve shared them with connection can find that out him directly. I think he should put in about five minutes. the brakes on all of these right now. Eric Dahlberg Tom Golden Chelmsford Selectman State Representative (Chelmsford/Lowell)
  2. 2. News from BillericaPowerPlant.org Please share with your friends, family, and neighbors. www.BillericaPowerPlant.org 22 September 2008 The Energy Facilities Siting Board has rescheduled the upcoming hearing for the Billerica power plant to October 2 in Boston. This may be the last opportunity to express your con- cerns to Secretary Ian Bowles and the Siting Board about the plant proposal. Whether you have sent a letter already or not, please use this chance to speak out by sending an e-mail. Feel free to send your own thoughts, or cut and paste the following text: As a resident, registered voter, and taxpayer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I oppose the proposed siting of the Billerica power plant. As a matter of public health and safety, and out of con- cern for the environment, I strongly urge you to not approve the proposal. Your Name, Your Town Address the e-mail to Secretary Ian Bowles, env.internet@state.ma.us. Please take just a moment to weigh in on this issue. Representative Tom Golden of Chelmsford appeared on the local cable access program Politi- cally Incorrect with Tom Christiano. He discussed the proposed Billerica power plant and ex- pressed his continued concern for his constituents. Representative Golden was invited to the EFSB hearing on October 2, and will take the opportunity to reiterate his concerns directly to Click here to view the video segment. the Siting Board. For those following the L’Energia power plant in Lowell, the comment period regarding con- cerns with the proposed plan to hook-up to the Lowell sewer system has been extended. Concerns with the LRWU’s ability to catch contaminants that may be discharged from the plant and ultimately released into the Merrimack River should be expressed. An easy-to- use e-mail form is available by clicking here. You do not need to be a Lowell resident to express your views. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers e-mail notifications of regulation changes, public hearings, and comment opportunities. You can sign up for the DEP up- dates by clicking here.
  3. 3. Chelmsford State Representative and State Senator candidates will be debating on October 16 at the Chelmsford Police Station, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Fargo/Martinez, Atkins/McClure & Arciero/Avella have been invited. The debate will be televised. If have suggested questions regarding a candidate’s stand on the power plant, please send them to info@BillericaPowerPlant.org and we will forward them to the screening people. An article this week covered the New England Governor’s meeting with Canadian energy offi- cials. The article underscored the fact that the existing power delivery infrastructure impedes our ability to utilize energy that is already being produced in other locations, often by non- fossil fuel burning means. Meetings/Events Thursday, October 2, 2008* 1:00PM Energy Facilities Siting Board The EFSB will hold a meeting and hear comments from legal interveners and invited State Senators and Representatives. One South Station, Boston, MA Wednesday, October 22, 2008** 7:00PM Billerica Conservation Commission The Billerica Conservation Commission will continue its discussion of the Notice of Intent filed by the developer and the review of the wetlands and stormwater management issues. Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road, Billerica, MA *Note date change from September 25th. **Note date change from September 24th. Press Click on the News tab to access recent articles.
  4. 4. I n To w n N e w s : Chelmsford awaits results of air-quality tests at plant By Rita Savard, rsavard@lowellsun.com Article Last Updated: 09/23/2008 CHELMSFORD -- A public hearing to grant Aggregate Industries Inc. a license to store more hazardous materials is less than a week away, but town officials are still waiting on test re- sults to help shed light on a mysterious black soot blanketing a section of Route 110. quot;We want to make sure the town has enough time to adequately review the results before we make our decision,quot; said Selectmen Chairman Philip Eliopoulos. After reaching a pollution settlement with the state, asphalt manufacturer Aggregate is seek- ing to upgrade its Chelmsford plant and double the current storage capacity. But residents and businesses along Littleton Road have pleaded with town officials to look into whether the Oak Street plant is in compliance with state environmental laws. Alleging that smoke rising from Aggregate is causing illnesses and coating homes and businesses with a fine black powder, nearly two-dozen residents have formed Chelmsford Advocates for a Safe Environment (CASE) to oppose increasing storage at the plant. CASE has qualified for free legal representation through the Boston-based nonprofit agency Alternatives for Community and Environment. Representatives for Aggregate say allegations made by CASE are completely false, and that there is no evidence to back the group's claims. Jeff Ciampa, a production manager at Aggregate, has said the plume rising from the smoke stack is actually steam, not smoke. Selectmen are waiting on air-quality test results to determine if that plume is emitting toxins that could pose serious health threats. Aggregate was ordered to conduct an up-to-date air-
  5. 5. quality test that was estimated to cost the company $10,000 to $15,000. Representatives at Aggregate were unable to provide any information on test results yester- day. The Saugus-based construction-material supplier is seeking a license to install new storage tanks at the Chelmsford site and replace the five existing tanks with seven new units. Some of the tanks hold liquid asphalt, while others are used to store emulsion, heating oil or refined specification oil, which is a product derived from waste oil. The new tanks would more than double the capacity of the company's 20-year-old tank from 70,000 gallons to 170,000 gallons. Even though Aggregate has vowed not to increase pro- ductivity, residents are skeptical, saying more storage will ultimately result in more produc- tion. Ciampa has said that installing new tanks would require less energy because they would be better insulated -- a change that would ensure a cleaner and more efficient operation. Bruce Hamblett, owner of Ideal Auto Body at 295 Littleton Road, said he's not sure where the black soot is coming from, but that quot;it's on everything.quot; quot;It gets all over customers' cars, so sometimes we have to wash them more than once,quot; said Hamblett. quot;It would be nice if (town officials) could find out where it's coming from and do something to help stop it.quot; Several residents living in the nearby Chelmsford Mobile Home Park also have complained of a heavy sulfur smell allegedly caused by the plant. In April, Aggregate was fined $587,000 by the DEP and ordered to step up compliance with environmental laws to settle Clean Air Act violations alleged at 10 of its 28 facilities in Massa- chusetts. Since then, representatives for Aggregate said the company has been aggressive in taking action to fall in line with all of the state's environmental requirements. Before selectmen take their position, some members have said they expect answers on where the black soot is coming from. quot;I don't think it's an unreasonable question,quot; Selectman Clare Jeannotte has said. quot;Somebody ought to provide an answer to the residents of this town as to what this dust is.quot; The public hearing will be continued next Monday(9/29) in the Board of Selectmen meeting room at Town Offices, 50 Billerica Road.
  6. 6. AG G R E G AT E : O N T H E R E C O R D DUST IN THE WIND Ashland to fine Aggregate over dust By David McLaughlin / News Staff Writer Nov 11, 2007 Milford — ASHLAND -- The town is planning to slap Aggregate Industries with a fine after gray dust blew off its property and blanketed a stretch of land around the state park. Conservation Commission agent E.A. Wells said yesterday his office would fine the Spring Street company, which makes asphalt and crushed stone , for the environmental mishap. Material from sand or silt piles on the Aggregate's property left a thick layer of gray powder on land at the southern end of the Ashland Reservoir. A fine of up to $300 a day could be levied against the company, but Wells said it would probably not be that high. The size of the fine would be decided by commission members, he said. Chairman Gene Crouch could not be reached for comment yesterday about the fine. quot;It's something we've worked with them on and hoped we had resolved it, but obviously it isn't,quot; Wells said. According to the enforcement order issued by the commission, Aggregate Industries violated state and local laws protecting wetland areas. The order also requires the company to immediately control the dust blowing from the site and meet with the commission Feb. 9. A spokesman for Aggregate yesterday declined comment about the town's fine. John Lavin, an estates manager for the company, said it put an encrusting agent on all the materials on the property to prevent them from get- ting airborne. The company also uses a sprinkler system, he said. quot;We did it immediately until we can find out what's going on,quot; Lavin said. quot;We want to do the right thing.quot; The Board of Health also investigated the gray powder, but it was not clear if it too would fine the company. Health agent Mark Oram could not be reached for comment yesterday nor could the board's chairman. Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Protection is leaving the investigation to local officials. quot;They have the enforcement tools to follow up on this,quot; said Joe Ferson, a program coordinator for the depart- ment. Wells said Aggregate has been cooperative. The Conservation Commission has met with the company before about the dust problem. It was not clear whether the commission would force Aggregate to clean up the dust that has covered the state land. Wells said that would be quot;exceptionally difficultquot; and what's more important is that it does not happen again, he said. As for possible environmental damage, Wells said it could be quot;very significant.quot; quot;In combination with other types of fill, from this source or other sources, it leads to the detriment of the wet- land habitat,quot; he said. (David McLaughlin can be reached at 508-626-4338 or at dmclaugh@cnc.com.) **************************************************************** There also are a number of fugitive dust sources associated with batch mix HMA plants, including vehicular traffic generating fugitive dust on paved and unpaved roads, aggregate material handling, and other aggregate processing operations. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Taken from the EPA’s Hot Mix Asphalt Plants Emission Assessment Report http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/ch11/related/ea-report.pdf
  7. 7. Thank you to Tom Fall (Town Meeting Rep Precinct 7) for the following link and information... http://www.ownyourair.org/ Idling Vehicles: What's the Problem? When you idle your vehicle, you pollute the air, and waste fuel and money. Vehicle emissions are toxic. The air pollution that idling vehicles create has been found to: aggravate asthma, leading to more frequent and severe asthma attacks increase the number of respiratory infections aggravate and induce allergies increase school absences increase emergency room visits and hospital admissions cause premature deaths. ***************************************************************** Massachusetts Anti-Idling law http://www.ci.somerville.ma.us/CoS_Content/documents/Idling%20Reduction%20-%20FAQs.pdf The goal of the Massachusetts Anti-Idling law is to improve air quality by reducing unnecessary air pollution from idling vehicles. The law limits unnecessary engine idling to five minutes. Who would I complain to if I see a vehicle idling unnecessarily? The best place to start is your local Board of Health. Other possibilities include local police, DEP or the EPA. Enforcement personnel cannot respond to every complaint about idling vehicles, and there are instances when it is not obvious why a vehicle needs to idle longer than five minutes. But many of the complaints about excessive idling are about the same vehicles in the same locations routinely left idling, many times out of habit. For people living or working near those vehicles the exhaust that they are subjected to is not just a nuisance, it’s a real health problem. Do the Anti-idling law and regulation apply to all vehicles? The law and regulation apply to all motor vehicles. All motor vehicles contribute to air pollution and can create a nuisance if the exhaust is affecting others. http://articles.directorym.net/Anti_idling_Tip_Sheet_Chelmsford_MA-r914394-Chelmsford_MA.html
  8. 8. Begin forwarded message: From: John Wojcik <gto_john@yahoo.com> Date: September 24, 2008 7:45:56 PM EDT To: tchristiano@comcast.net, Roy Earley <re007hq@comcast.net> Cc: Debbie Dery <deb- biedery@msn.com>,chris- tine<edward.mcnamara@comcast.net>, Philip Eliopoulos <philip.eliopoulos@verizon.net>, Clare Jeannotte <clarejeannotte@hotmail.com>, quot;Eric R. Dahlbergquot; <eric.r.dahlberg.00@alum.dartmouth.org>, Pat Wojtas <pwojtas@aol.com>, Bill Dalton <bdalton@ymail.com>, Robert Andrews <bnlandrews@comcast.net>, Jocelyn Demuth <jrdemuth@comcast.net>, Barb Be- langer <barbbelanger@comcast.net>, Barbara Bunn <bbunn22@comcast.net>, troop723@yahoo.com, Mary Tiano <tiano@comcast.net>, Rachel Harvey <wrathofrachel@verizon.net>, Jim Pinder <pinder_jim@yahoo.com>, jennyjf@comcast.net, Christina Ingallina <ingallinac@aol.com>, Matthew Cilento <mcilento@comcast.net>, Matt Hanson <matthanson@lbhqproductions.com>, Jim Lane <jim_lane@emcorgroup.com>, Fred Marcks <fred.marcks@gmail.com>, Jodi O'Neill <jodioneill@comcast.net>, Kathy Duffett <kduffett46@comcast.net>, Deirdre Connolly <dmconnolly_99@yahoo.com>, MikeRigney <rigneym@gmail.com>, Mike Combs <mike@combsnet.com>, Alex Buck <aebuck@comcast.net>, Joanne Anderson <aander- son5@comcast.net>, KenleyFreeman <kenleyfreeman@comcast.net>, Tom & Linda Fall <t_fall@earthlink.net>, Laurie Myers <myers- five@comcast.net>, Roland VanLiew <rolandv@traininghott.com>, Colleen Stansfield <stansfieldfam@comcast.net>, Paul Cohen <pcohen@townofchelmsford.us> Subject: TK Trucking trucks breaking the law all day long I have been home the past couple of days and have noticed that quite a few trucks do not pull their canopy's all the way over the bed of their trucks. Although I do not have time to stand at the road and take pictures all day, it only took me a matter of minutes before I got some great pictures of TK Trucking trucks with the tarps sus- pended at least two feet over the sides of the bed of the trucks. You can clearly see the material inside and the tarps do not come close to hitting the material, nevermind the sides of the bed. Just another one of those worthless, unenforceable laws that are on the books?????? If quot;Iquot; see this all day long, and Aggregate states that they do not allow trucks to leave the site if they are breaking any sort of local or state laws, is this just another case of Aggregate's promises which they will never keep or enforce? For all of you who work for the Town of Chelmsford, or who were voted in by the people of Chelmsford, who is going to enforce these violations when truck traffic increases? They are certainly not being taken care of as of late. And I say this with a very stearn tone to my voice! If Aggregate is allowed to increase productivity in any way, shape, or form, safety issues will have to be made a priority and not overlooked. Not just safety at the facility, safety throughout the town with anything Aggregate facility re- lated. And I am not talking about those quot;empty Promisesquot; made just to get an issue passed. Road conditions need to improve, policing of trucks with safety violations needs to improve, enforc- ing speed limits, use of jake brake, pollution, ect, ect, ect.
  9. 9. I state these issues because I care about this town I have lived here in the same spot for 45 years. I own three pieces of property in Chelmsford. My plans were to retire here. If anyone wants to see a picture, I can e-mail one to you upon request. I will have some photos printed for the BOS meeting on the 29th. ( this week taking pictures of violations is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel :) Take care and have a good night. John Wojcik P.S. What happens if an oil spill occurs along the route to the plant? What are the emergency plans if a truck overturns on 110 into or around the wetlands area? All of 110 from the center of town to the plant is basically wetlands area. Will we have to wait for the city of Lowell to come and take care of the enviromental mess? I bring this up because it is a very good question we have not yet touched on and it is beg- ging for an answer. VIDEO LINK- LINK Peggy Dunn (Town Meeting Rep Pct. 1) speaks about truck troubles - Chelmsford Board of Selectmen (Aggregate Industries) 8-11-08 -
  10. 10. Eric Dahlberg and Rachel Harvey discuss the proposed Aggregate expansion on Tom Christiano’s local cable show Politically Incorrect V i d e o L i n k to Aggregate segment V i d e o L i n k to the entire show for Sept.16th ( Topics include proposed Billerica Power Plant,Aggregate expansion, Tax Classification,Eric Dahlberg’s first 6 months, Matt Hanson’s run for Selectmen,Casinos, National Elections and more ) POLITICALLY INCORRECT: Tues & Weds 8:30 PM; Thurs 7:00 AM; Sundays 11:00 AM Chelmsford Cable TV Channel 8
  11. 11. http://www.besafenet.com/Asphalt.htm Asphalt Plant Pollution Asphalt plants mix gravel and sand with crude oil derivatives to make the asphalt used to pave roads, highways, and parking lots across the U.S. These plants release millions of pounds of chemicals to the air during production each year, including many cancer-causing toxic air pollutants such as arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, and cadmium. Other toxic chemicals are released into the air as the asphalt is loaded into trucks and hauled from the plant site, including volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and very fine condensed particulates.[EPA Asphalt Fumes are Known Toxins. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states quot;Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation.quot; [EPA]. According to one health agency, asphalt fumes contain substances known to cause cancer, can cause coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, severe irritation of the skin, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. [NJDHSS] Animal studies show PAHs affect reproduction, cause birth defects and are harmful to the immune system. [NJDHSS] The US De - partment of Health and Human Services has determined that PAHs may be carcinogenic to humans. [DHHS] Health Impacts & Loss of Property Value. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), a regional environmental organization, has done two studies on the adverse impacts on property values and health for residents living near asphalt plants. A property value study documented losses of up to 56% because of the presence of a nearby asphalt plant. In another study, nearly half of the residents reported negative impacts on their health from a new asphalt plant. The door-to-door health survey found 45% of residents living within a half mile of the plant reported a deterioration of their health, which began after the plant opened. The most frequent health problems cited were high blood pressure (18% of people surveyed), sinus problems (18%), headaches (14%), and shortness of breath (9%). [BREDL] Flawed Tests Underestimate Health Risks. In addition to smokestack emis-
  12. 12. sions, large amounts of harmful quot;fugitive emissionsquot; are released as the asphalt is moved around in trucks and conveyor belts, and is stored in stockpiles. A small asphalt plant producing 100 thousand tons of asphalt a year may release up to 50 tons of toxic fugitive emissions into the air. [Dr. R. Nadkarni] Stagnant air and local weather patterns often increase the level of exposure to local communities. In fact, most asphalt plants are not even tested for toxic emissions. The amounts of these pollutants that are released from a facility are estimated by computers and mathematical formulas rather than by actual stack testing, estimates that experts agree do not accu - rately predict the amount of toxic fugitive emissions released and the risks they pose. According to Dr. Luanne Williams, a North Carolina state toxicolo- gist, 40% of the toxins from asphalt plant smokestacks even meet air quality standards and for the other 60% of these emissions, the state lacks sufficient data to determine safe levels. BE SAFE's FOUR PRINCIPLES 1. HEED EARLY WARNING SIGNS There is documented evidence from health experts and federal and state regulators of the serious health effects of asphalt plant emissions. We must heed these early warning signs and take action to prevent communities from further exposure to cancer-causing substances released by asphalt plants. The following actions are needed:Moratoriums on asphalt plant construction and operation in communities where people live and go to school;Stricter testing and enforcement of air quality standards at asphalt plants; and Improved air standards that address all toxic contaminants including fugitive emissions 2. PUT SAFETY FIRST Even if an asphalt plant meets all state and federal air pollution stan - dards, people living nearby are still exposed to cancer-causing sub - stances that can cause long-term damage. These standards are based on the principle of quot;acceptable riskquot;, and assume each state will enforce the standards, the plants will operate perfectly, and the owners can be trusted to operate on an honor system where they are expected to follow all the laws and regulations that apply to their facility without any government oversight. In the majority of cases, it is unknown whether the `theoretical' air emissions predicted by computer models and used by plant owners accurately reflect air emissions from a plant's daily operations. We must put safety first and shut down or overhaul the current system that fails to protect communities from the daily health hazards of asphalt plant pollution.
  13. 13. Federal regulations based on the quot;acceptable riskquot; model and self-regulating honor systems are inadequate to protect public health. Many states rely on inadequate federal standards that do not take into account local factors such as how close an industrial facility is to homes and schools, local weather patterns, and additional `nuisance' factors such as the effect acrid and nauseating smells have on the quality of life in these communities. 3. EXERCISE DEMOCRACY Organizations are working to improve federal and state standards and add asphalt plant fumes to the hazardous air pollutant (HAP) list under the federal Clean Air Act. Communities can take advantage of any state laws aimed at protecting local values that allow counties to determine where new industrial facili - ties will be located. These communities can band together to work with their county governments to prevent new asphalt plants from being lo - cated in their neighborhoods and prevent existing plants from renewing their permits until further evaluation of public health risks are con - ducted. ASPHALT PLANTS CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN: http://www.bredl.org/pdf/factsheet-asphaltplants.pdf
  14. 14. Begin forwarded message: From: Tom Christiano <tchristiano@comcast.net> Date: September 22, 2008 4:10:43 PM EDT Subject: Philip's comments on Aggregate & Test Results To try and clarify what's going on with the Aggregate situation, I just called Philip Eliopoulos. He answered my questions with the following information: * The Aggregate test results should be at the Town Office by Wednesday. Anyone in - terested can go to the Town Office and read the results. * The test results will be reviewed and analyzed by the DEP, and the Town's L.E.P. (some sort of consultant for this matter). * There will be a public hearing on Aggregate Monday. The Selectmen are not going to vote on this issue Monday night. They will allow public input Monday night, how - ever, they only want new public input. They don't want the same comments repeated again and again. * They will likely leave to Public Hearing open until the following (mid OCT) BOS meeting. * If we have an expert at interpreting the test results, please let Philip know, as we can then coordinate our efforts. * I will copy this summary and email it to Philip to insure I have all of this correct. If not, Philip will hopefully let me know, and I'll then let you know. Cheers, Tom CHRISTIANO PRODUCTIONS: POLITICALLY INCORRECT: Tues & Weds 8:30 PM; Thurs 7:00 AM; Sundays 11:00 AM REEL TALK: Thursdays 8:00 PM and Saturdays 8:30 PM SPOTLIGHT ON CHELMSFORD: Various Times Chelmsford Cable TV Channel 8
  15. 15. Chelmsford air-quality tests are in By Rita Savard, rsavard@lowellsun.com Article Last Updated: 09/27/2008 CHELMSFORD -- The plume rising from an Oak Street asphalt plant came under fire for allegedly blanketing Route 110 with soot and carcinogenic chemicals. But results from an air-quality test made public yesterday tell a different story, said Jeff Ciampa, a production manager at Aggregate Industries, Inc. According to a series of tests conducted by the Canton-based CK Environmental Inc., Ag- gregate is operating in compliance with state environmental laws. Three one-hour tests were performed on the plant's 57-foot smoke stack on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. The findings were posted on the town's Web site yesterday, just a couple of days before the Board of Selectmen is scheduled to continue a public hearing on whether to grant the asphalt manufacturer a license to increase storage of hazardous materials. quot;We have a very aggressive maintenance program so we're not surprised by the results,quot; Ciampa said. The test confirms what we already know.quot; What began as a request to increase storage, turned into a public-health con- cern when several residents lobbied town officials for up-to-date environmental and health reports on Aggregate. From truck traffic at 4 a.m. to the stench of sulfur hanging over their homes, concerned residents feared the increasing storage capacity would increase production. In April, the asphalt manufacturer was fined $587,000 by the state and ordered to improve compliance with environmental laws to settle Clean Air Act violations alleged at 10 of its 28 facilities in Massachusetts. Alleged violations included burning specification waste oil with more sulfur than the applicable air-pollution control permit allowed at Aggregate's Chelmsford plant in 2005. The fine will be cut by $75,000 if Aggregate complies with the terms of the set- tlement, including the reduction of sulfur in the waste oil it burns. Since April, Ciampa said Aggregate has made changes inside and out, starting with its man- agement team.
  16. 16. Ciampa said Aggregate now meets quot;ISO 14,000,quot; a strict international standard of environmental-management systems widely embraced by the European Union, and designed to reduce the impact of a company's operations on water, air and land. The Saugus-based Aggregate is seeking a license to install new storage tanks at the Chelmsford site, and replace its five existing tanks with seven new units. Some of the tanks hold liquid asphalt, while others are used to store emulsion, heating oil, or refined specification oil, which is a product derived from waste oil. The new tanks would more than double the capacity of the company's 20-year- old tank from, from 70,000 gallons to 170,000 gallons. By replacing all of the company's existing horizontal tanks with vertical storage units that use less energy and have more insulation, representatives for Aggre- gate say the Chelmsford site will become cleaner, safer and more environmen- tally friendly. Selectmen said they will wait until it has additional information from the state Department of Public Health before taking a vote. Alleging that smoke rising from Aggregate is causing illnesses and coating homes and businesses with a fine black powder, nearly two-dozen residents formed Chelmsford Advocates for a Safe Environment (CASE) to oppose in- creasing storage at the plant. CASE has qualified for free legal representation through the Boston-based non- profit agency Alternatives for Community and Environment. With air-quality test results in, one question remains: Where is the mysterious black soot coming from? quot;There are a whole host of reasons in a suburban environment that can gener- ate what people are reporting as visible dust,quot; Ciampa said. quot;I point out it's (Route 110) a state highway with an interstate highway immediately next to it. There are a lot of trucks passing through all the time that aren't coming to our plant.quot; To view the air quality test results, visit http://www.townofchelmsford.us/ Selectmen will discuss the issue at their next meeting, Monday night at 7, at Town Offices, 50 Billerica Road.
  17. 17. The BOSTON GLOBE Storage tank plans fuel health fears Neighbors worry plant may expand By Brenda J. Buote Globe Correspondent / September 28, 2008 Neighbors of a construction materials supplier that is seeking permis- sion to upgrade its Chelmsford asphalt plant are eagerly waiting for local officials to decide the fate of the company's proposal to increase storage capacity at the Oak Street facility. The Chelmsford Board of Selectmen could take action on the application submitted by Saugus-based Aggregate Industries Northeast Region Inc. as early as tomorrow, when the board resumes its public hearing on the request. The public hearing sessions first started in June. Aggregate Industries, which has 28 production facilities in Massachu - setts, wants permission to replace six old above-ground storage tanks with seven new ones. Some of the tanks hold liquid asphalt, while others are used to store emulsion, heating oil, or refined specification oil, a product derived from waste oil. The new tanks would more than double the capacity of the plant's 20-year-old tank farm, from 70,000 gallons to 170,000 gallons. According to Scott Colby, environmental and estates manager for Aggre - gate Industries, the new tanks would require less energy and would be better insulated, changes that would result in a cleaner and more effi - cient operation. However, neighbors have voiced concern that an increase in storage ca - pacity would make it possible for Aggregate Industries to boost produc - tion at the Chelmsford plant and still remain within the facility's current limits set by the state. The neighbors worry that more production could cause health problems and possibly harm the environment.
  18. 18. In August, at the last public hearing, neighbors of the plant said the fa - cility is emitting a peculiar dust that is covering their homes and caus - ing health problems. However, company officials say the neighbors' claims are without merit, noting that the plant's smokestack emits steam, not smoke. But neighbors refuse to take company officials at their word, noting that Aggregate Industries in April agreed to pay as much as $587,000 in civil penalties to settle Clean Air Act violations alleged at 10 of its Massachu - setts facilities, including the Chelmsford plant. quot;Their so-called steam changes color, and we firmly believe that the soot, or dust, that covers our homes - sometimes it's gray, other times it's black - is being produced by that plant,quot; said Rachel Harvey, 26, who lives in the mobile-home park directly across the street from the plant. quot;And every time I go outside to document it, I come home coughing. It makes me wonder about the chemicals that plant is emitting.quot; The residents' concerns prompted the Board of Selectmen to ask Aggre - gate Industries to conduct air-quality tests. According to Colby, prelimi - nary results show quot;the plant is certainly in compliancequot; with state regulations for particulate emissions. The final test results are ex - pected to be discussed tomorrow evening; the testing was conducted by an independent engineering company. Aggregate Industries had hoped to begin upgrades to the tank farm in December, when the plant closes for the winter, and to have the new tanks installed by March 2009, but given the ongoing public hearing process, that construction schedule may not be realistic, said Tim Jones, a senior permitting specialist with Aggregate Industries. quot;We won't know what the timetable will look like until after Monday's meeting,quot; said Jones. Tomorrow's Board of Selectmen meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in conference Room 204 at the town office building, 50 Billerica Road. © Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company.
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