A publication of Work On Waste USA, Inc., 82 Judson, Canton, NY 13617 315-379-9200 September 20, 1990
For a copy of Johnstons report on Braintree call 617-727-7170. As the cost for the report has not yet been estimated, and payment has to be made in advance, you can also request a copy by writing to: Robert Knorr, Dept. of Pub. Health, Div. of Environ. Health Assessment, 7th Floor, 153 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02111
The lung cancer rate in Quincys Germantown was 55 percent above normal from 1982 to 1986, while over the same period, men in North Weymouth got lung cancer 72 percent more than normal. These two neighborhoods are downwind of the incinerator site two days out of three.
In a portion of North Weymouth, men have an elevated incidence of cancer of the pancreas. In addition, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma rates were higher than the state average in Braintree and Weymouth.
Of the 15,000 people who live within a mile of the incinerator site, 18 percent are over 65 years old, compared with the statewide average of 13 percent.
Johnston was skeptical of Clean Harbors claim that the incinerator posed virtually no health threat, saying that conclusion should be approached with caution....In addition, given the number [of] industrial pollution sources in the Fore River Basin, Clean Harbors should have focused more on the effect of exposure to multiple chemicals.
The report also said that the area around the incinerator is vulnerable to a serious accident because the nearest home is within 300 yards. Within a mile of the incinerator are two schools, three health care facilities and four elderly housing projects... The Patriot Ledger, page 10, Sept. 15/16, 1990.
..Daniel S. Greenbaum, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, found that the surrounding area was too densely populated, that the incinerator was too close to residential neighborhoods and that there were too many sensitive persons in schools, nursing homes and medical facilities who would be affected by any accident at the incinerator. Should a major accident occur, the health and safety of the public would be put at significant risk, Greenbaum said...There is federal legislation that would deny federal aid for hazardous waste cleanup to states that do not arrive at such solutions, either in their own territory or in regional compacts with other states. Another company, Recontek, has proposed a metals recovery facility that has won initial support from selectmen in the town of Orange, officials said, and that facility may meet some or all of the states federal obligations. The Boston Globe, 9-20-90.
The medical waste incinerator in Braintree, MA, the only one Clean Harbors has ever run- was shut down [temporarily] in 1987 after the state learned that it was burning material at too low a temperature, risking the release of harmful fumes. The companys oil-recovery plant, in Kingston, Massachusetts, temporarily lost its licence in 1987 for what the Department of Environment Quality Engineering has characterized as serious violations of state regulations. And Clean Harbors has been cited for a number of hazardous-waste spills along highways over the past several years...Among the more notable hires Clean Harbors has made over the years are the following: William Geary, brought aboard as the companys director of communications this April (1989), was head of the Metropolitan District Commission for the previous six years. A Dukakis adviser and confidant for years, Geary also served as deputy secretary of state. Deborah Sanderson, hired as V.P. of the incinerator project in January 1988, served as assistant secretary for policy in the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, a post she left in 1984. Sanderson helped write the regulations that created the Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council (SSC), the 23-member body of state officials and citizens appointed by Gov. Dukakis...Frank Wright is now on retainer as Clean Harbors legal counsel. Wright was previously legal counsel to the SSC. William St. Hillaire, hired in 1986 as V.P. of engineering, previously served as a regional engineer at DEQE. Anita Flanagan worked as a P.R. officer for Clean Harbors from August 1986 to February 1988. Prior to that, she ran a statewide public-participation program for hazardous-waste disposal for the states Department of Environmental Management. Ken Tarbel, hired (in 1988) as an engineer, worked for DEQE off and on between 1954 and 1980. From 19870 to 1988, Tarbel worked for a municipal landfill, but he would not say in which town. Michael Goldman worked as a consultant to Clean Harbors for a year starting in the summer of 1987. Goldman, often described as a ubiquitous political consultant, is now working for three Democratic candidates for state office...Ned Wynot, hired in June 1988 to be the companys transportation chief, is a member of the Braintree Water Commission and a former Braintree selectman. Clean Harbors bought Wynots gas station three months after he was hired and transformed it into a company truck-repair facility. Judy Barber, hired (in 1988) as a community-relations officer at the Braintree incinerator site, was a Bedford selectman from 1980 until the spring of 1989. Last Fall (1988) Clean Harbors won approval from the Bedford Board of Health to open an analytical services office in Bedford. Michael Zooleck, hired in 1987 to run an information office in Braintree and since promoted to the position of sales representative...is the son of Ron Zooleck, executive V.P. of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Robert Spielvogel, hired in 1986 as Clean Harbors health and safety manager, worked for the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration from 1983 to 1986... The Boston Phoenix, 9-15-89, Section One, page 8. For a full copy of this article, please send a SASE to Waste Not..