WORCESTER - Residents and advocates filed into City Hall Monday demanding that public utility Eversource fix five natural gas leaks near five schools in the city, citing health concerns surrounding asthma.
Councilors on the Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services filed an order asking the full council to require Eversource to fix the leaks and kept the matter on the agenda for future meetings. Massachusetts law dictates that gas companies prioritize repairing leaks within a school zone, or within 50 feet of a public or private school, preschool or Head Start.
District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera expressed confidence that the city can work with Eversource to fix the “public health crisis.” Ms. Rivera said next steps include reaching out to the gas company and including the effects of gas leaks on the public in future community health improvement plans. (read more)
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