by David Dahlbacka in All Ages, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Green Line, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special, Transportation Projects
Posted on August 31, 2009 at 1:15 am
|August 30, 2009||to||September 15, 2009|
Ends Tues. Sep. 15, 5 PM
MassDEP Main Office
Washington Street Conference
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108 (directions)
On July 1, the Executive Office of Transportation submitted a letter to the Massachusets DEP describing the status of the public transit projects required under the revised Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP). This letter is available for public comment until 5 PM Tuesday, September 15.
The SIP requirements must be met for the state to again receive federal transportation money. In the past, the state has argued that the environmental burden of the Big Dig on Somerville is mitigated by projects elsewhere, such as the South Shore Greenbush Line, and that the Green Line Extension is unnecessary. Because health effects are local, this argument is specious and has been rejected by the courts. Those who care about the Green Line Extension should continue to argue for local mitigation for local effects.
For background, see: