Advocates, legislators and local officials are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to put an end to a controversial Weymouth gas facility as his Department of Environmental Protection comes under scrutiny for withholding important air quality data.
“It’s disappointing to see agencies that are in place to protect us like the DEP aren’t doing their job,” Alan Palm of 350 Massachusetts said. “Ultimately, the buck stops with the governor … He has been willing to publicly say it’s out of his hands, it’s a federal issue, but it’s not. It’s his agencies approving this and his willingness to ignore the opportunity … he has to step in and stop it.”
DEP officials seemed confused in a continued air-quality permit appeal hearing Monday, not directly answering why they withheld over 700 pages of data last month that showed certain toxins above the limits in an already highly polluted area. The decision deadline was extended to July 12. (read more)
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