Baker Administration Allows Expansion of Most Dangerous Landfill in Massachusetts

CLF Calls on Commonwealth to Expand and Enforce Zero Waste Regulations

Wheelabrator Power Plant Photo

April 9, 2018 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) put out the following statement today in response to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) decision to issue a permit allowing another expansion of the unlined Wheelabrator Saugus Ash Landfill. According to Wheelabrator’s own data, 80 percent of the trash it burns can be composted or recycled.

“By issuing this permit, the Baker administration has clogged our community’s air, water, and land with another 500,000 tons of toxic ash in Rumney Marsh,” said Kirstie Pecci, Director of the Zero Waste Project at Conservation Law Foundation. “We will all be able to breathe easier when the Commonwealth stops pandering to dangerous landfills and starts protecting public health by enforcing its zero waste regulations.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.