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Mass. Residents Protest Possible Landfill Expansion

Mass. Residents Protest Possible Landfill Expansion

Saugus, Mass., residents presented state officials with a petition and letters opposing a landfill capacity expansion. 

Wheelabrator Saugus, a landfill in Saugus, Mass., submitted a request to expand its space, which struck up a protest earlier this week. Environmental advocates and local residents teamed together to not only fight against the expansion, but to push for the facility’s closure.

For over 14 years, residents have fought for the closure of the landfill, and now they are stepping up their game by submitting a petition to the state with more than 800 signatures and more than 120 letters opposing the expansion of the landfill.

State House News Service has more information:

Environmental advocates and Saugus residents on Tuesday presented state officials with a petition and letters opposing a landfill capacity expansion for the trash incinerator, pledging to fight instead for the facility’s closure.

Addressing reporters outside the building that houses the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the group voiced concerns over potential environmental and community impacts of Wheelabrator Saugus’ request to expand its ash landfill.

Rep. RoseLee Vincent, a Revere Democrat whose district includes parts of Saugus, said the current fight against expansion of the landfill is the “first time ever that our voices are finally being heard.”

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