The Secretary’s [Wastewater] Reply

Late last year the town submitted a permit request with the state to increase the ground water discharge in Camelot Park by 300% and that it need only a single Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to justify it’s action. The Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs had a different idea…

In addition, MassDEP requests consideration of additional alternatives for disposal locations in light of nutrient loading concerns for the Eel River Watershed; MassDEP also requests identification of additional mitigation measures. A robust and complete alternative analysis is a key component of the MEPA review process. Accordingly, I am denying the Single EIR request; the Proponent should submit a DEIR in accordance with the Scope included in this Certificate.

Rebecca L. Tepper Secretary EEA

Her full response can be viewed here. Thanks to everyone who submitted comments (special shoutout to: the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Inc., the Eel River Watershed Association, the Jones River Watershed Association and Community Land & Water Coalition).

This is only one of many “first steps” in the process that will hopefully be a move to clean the harbor, protect our sole-source aquifer, and protect the Eel River Watershed.

Please click here to sign this petition asking the Plymouth Select Board to appoint a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to participate in this process and ensure the public is aligned and approve of an approach that’s best for the town.  

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