Too long/didn’t read: Call MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg this morning at 617-292-5500 x7-1098; tell him to
- order the halt of all digging below 18″ at the Weymouth Compressor site;
- impound and test the three already-excavated mounds of earth for asbestos.
Prof. Nathan Phillips is still on hunger strike. It’s entering twelve days today — since Wednesday January 29. Again, he’s protesting against the lack of very basic safeguards at the Weymouth compressor construction site itself — especially the moving around and contamination of soil that is known to contain coal ash laden with arsenic; kiln bricks with asbestos, and other deadly pollutants.
On Friday, members of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) finally met with MassDEP staff. The meeting was described as good faith — but ultimately unsatisfactory.
Yesterday revealed a specific, actionable potential public health violation, related to my 1st two demands, that can be acted on right away. Will @MassDEP show it is serious & act on this, starting Monday? (Thread)At least 3 seperate, deep excavations have been dug, unknown to the DEP, which claimed earlier in the meeting that all material having left the site to date has been “topsoil”. 2/nDEP’s Gerard Martin said that when digging were to commence deeper than 18”, material would be evaluated for asbestos & determinations made on haz mat handling. He wasn’t aware that deeper digging has already occurred, without the prescribed evaluation he described.To conform to DEP’s stated prescription, the excavated piles from these 3 large pits must immediately be impounded & tested.Thanks to @ElfOnSite we have dated pics & video of digging & the identifiable trucks material from these 3 pits were loaded into.At least one truck loaded up from the 3rd pit was a yellow cat earth mover. Not a street vehicle. Did it move the material elsewhere on site? Where?The fate of the 3 excavations must be investigated & disclosed immediately, starting Monday. Has any of this material been transported off-site? If it’s on site, where is it?Show the public the chain of custody & shipping manifest with haz mat declarations for each.DEP said yesterday it was committed to demanding that firms it regulates “show me the data”. So now is that time.If DEP is convinced this is not a public health emergency, it has 3 mounds of coal ash at its disposal to prove its case. End.
Here’s the video from the twitter account @elfonsite:
Below 18″ @MassDEP at @Enbridge #NorthParcel
Saturday morning after your meeting with @FRRACS_MA Do your job. Shut it down now.#Elfactivist are watching are you? @MassAGO @MassGov@MassDPH pic.twitter.com/VWmiQYugYV
— AshTheElf👀 (@ElfOnSite) February 8, 2020
As you can see, these backhoes are digging much deeper than 18 inches into the soil. The kiln bricks suspected of containing asbestos are thought to be deeper than that. And apparently MassDEP is claiming that “just loam” has been dislodged and moved around, not coal ash — as if you could tell just by looking.
So much for DEP’s claims that they’ve done their due diligence on this.