Woburn Neighborhood Association
Files and Links:
New England Transrail June 24, 2016 Project Proposal
Surface Transportation Board Request for Comments for EIS
Town of Wilmington EIS Comments 11/04/2016
Woburn Neighborhood Assoc. EIS Comments 11/21/2016
November 21, 2016
Above in the files and links section is a copy of the Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc comments for the submittal titled Construction, Acquisition, and Operation Exemption in Wilmington and Woburn, MA dated June 24, 2016 by the New England Transrail, LLC, d/b/a Wilmington & Woburn Terminal Railway. As requested the comments are directed toward the Draft Scope of Study for the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) ordered by the Office of Environmental Analysis of the Surface Transportation Board. We urge you to voice your opposition to the New England Transrail proposal and forward your opposition comments by mail: to Danielle Gosselin, Office of Environmental Analysis, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001 Attention: Docket No. FD 34797 (Sub-No.1) or by Email: NewEnglandTransrailEIS@icf.com before November 29, 2016.
November 16, 2016
On November 16 both Linda and I along with representatives from two Wilmington Environmental groups went to the State House to brief the staffs of State Representative Jim Miceli and US Senator Ed Markey and they assured us that they will comment, and will also reach out to other members of our State and Federal delegation for their support.
November 15, 2016
On November 15, we went before the City Council to update them on the Eames Street nightmare. The Council assured us that they would send a comment letter to the Surface Transportation Board. The Council will also take the following actions; (1) Send a letter to the Winchester and Wilmington Town Manager and Mayor Galvin to request them to form a working group to address this regional problem. (2) Send correspondence, as we previously did to our State Legislative Staff to request their involvement to comment by November 29.
November 10, 2016
On November 10, we met with Mayor Galvin, City Solicitor Ellen Doucette City Planning Director Tina Cassidy, Alderman Tedesco, City Engineer Jay Corey, Fire Chief Timothy Ring, Police Chief Robert Ferullo and several consultants From World Tech Engineering. We stressed the importance for the City to Comment on the Trans Rail Proposal prior to the November 29, 2016.
October 25, 2016
On October 25, 2016 members of the Woburn Neighborhood Association, Inc. attended a public meeting in Wilmington, MA to discuss the latest trans-rail proposal from New England Transrail, LLC. Over the past 15 years, one of the environmental challenges that the Woburn Neighborhood Association (WNA) has participated in is the disposition of the Olin Chemical site. This site is a few feet north of the Woburn/Wilmington line. In the early days of the discussion three members of the WNA served as voting members on the town of Wilmington Water Safety Committee: former Alderman Mike Raymond, Linda Raymond and former Alderman John Ciriello. The WNA has opposed this project from the beginning.
New England Transrail (NET) is proposing a rail to truck business at the Olin Chemical Superfund site at 51 Eames Street, Wilmington, MA on the Woburn/Wilmington line. NET has been pursuing this for the last 12 years. They intend to acquire, construct and operate various rail lines and construct and operate trans-loading facilities, where goods and materials will be transferred from rail to truck, in the city of Woburn and town of Wilmington.A copy of the proposed plan is available for download Click: New England Transrail June 24, 2016 Project Proposal
The impacts nonetheless are likely to be considerable and could prove intolerable. There will be unloading and loading of 60 rail cars daily. Additional noise and litter will result from approximately 800 daily truck trips, rail equipment maintenance activities, dumping and loading of a wide range of commodities, and operation of the warehouse. NET would accept hazardous materials, including specifically “natural gas liquids” (LNG). Of all of the commodities proposed LNG poses the largest threat to our environment. The LNG container size as used in Alaska is 40 feet and the capacity is 12 tons or 30,000 lbs. of LNG. This is the only area of the country that utilizes the rail/truck LNG process. The proposal states that the commodities will arrive by rail and leave by truck. Can you imagine a 40-foot trailer carrying liquid natural gas trying to negotiate the Commerce Way fly-over?
It is not known which truck routes are planned. The considerable separation of the facility from main truck routes and highways (Main Street Woburn (Rt.38) / Wilmington or both) compounds the risks to public health and safety due to a constant flow of heavy traffic to and from the site. This project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts and will affect our quality of life.
In conclusion, the quality of life for the residents of Woburn and Wilmington is already negatively impacted as the Olin property is within a half mile distance to the Maple Meadow Landfill, the Industrial Plex Superfund Site and 6 major 21 E contaminated industrial sites. The area in question is an area already impacted by serious industrial pollution, which may have serious consequences to the health, safety and welfare of the surrounding residents. The proposed trans-rail center brings with it odors, noise, unwanted and certainly added truck and train traffic to an already overburdened area and most importantly an additional worry to further exposure to hazardous and contaminated material from accidents and mishaps with a potential of an already compromised property.
We urge you to voice your opposition to the New England Transrail proposal and forward your opposition comments by mail: to Danielle Gosselin, Office of Environmental Analysis, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001 Attention: Docket No. FD 34797 (Sub-No.1) or by Email: NewEnglandTransrailEIS@icf.com before November 29, 2016.|Copyright © 2004 WNA. All Rights Reserved.