Saturday, October 8, 2016

Asphalt Plant Near
Westford Schools

On October 4th, Westford announced that it has agreed to allow an asphalt plant to be built in Westford. Many people think they know where it is going, but they don’t realize where it is in relation to our schools.

The asphalt plant will be less than a mile away from Miller School and less than two miles away from Nabnasset School. [See for yourself on the Google map below.]

The question is, is an asphalt plant safe for our children?You’d think that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be a good source to answer that question, but the information they give is contradictory.

In a 2003 Fact Sheet from the EPA, it states that, “Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems and skin irritation.” [EPA]. According to one health agency, asphalt fumes contain substances known to cause cancer, can cause coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, severe irritation of the skin, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. [NJDHSS][1]

Since the EPA understands how dangerous an asphalt plant is, it is strange that the EPA has given the green light to having an asphalt plant less than a mile from Miller School, but perhaps it is not so strange. The EPA also gave the stamp of approval to Flint MI’s water quality, and we know how that ended. There are now children in Flint suffering from lead poisoning because of that water.

Find out more at a meeting with our Board of Selectman.

Stony Brook School
9 Farmer’s Way
Westford
Wednesday, October 12th
7:00pm

Read about property value studies and traffic:
http://www.westfordcleanair.org



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Asphalt Plants and Property Values
How Much Money Will Westford Lose?

(Presented at the Town of Westford's Zoning Board of Appeals.)[1]
Executive Summary
Westford Residents stand to lose 75.6 Million Dollars in Property Values. Although we cannot definitively know how an asphalt plant will affect Westford, we can make an educated prediction. We can use the values lost from an actual asphalt plant, and calculate a projected affect on Westford. Based on actual loss, Westford residents are likely to lose a combined 75.6 million dollars in homeowner property value, which would be the equivalent of 1.2 million dollars in tax revenue annually for the town.

Documents:
  • ·      Research from Pineola, NC, where property values before the introduction of an asphalt plant were an average of 27% higher than values post-asphalt plant.
  • ·      Excel Spreadsheet of tax assessment home values on streets in Westford that are

Asphalt Traffic:
Effect on Property Values

(Presented at the Town of Westford's Zoning Board of Appeals.)[1]

Executive Summary
Westford residents will lose property value if the asphalt plant is allowed into Westford. Included here, is a tax assessor’s document, that clearly shows a 15% decrease in taxable value to a home near an asphalt plant in Portsmouth NH due to traffic.

Documents:
·      Below is part of a document obtained from the assessor’s office of the city of Portsmouth, NH. (The full document is on the next page.) This assessor’s document shows the negative effect of traffic on property value. In this case, the assessed value decreased by

The Proposed Asphalt Plant
is less than a mile away from Miller School!



5 Reasons Why Westford Needs an Asphalt Plant!


1. We want more Chemicals in the air we breathe!
  • Asphalt plants’ air pollutants:
Formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene.
  • Exposure to these air toxins:
May cause cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems, skin irritation, and coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, severe irritation of the skin, headaches, dizziness, and nausea.


2. We want to share those wonderful chemicals with our children!
  • Miller School is less than a mile from the proposed asphalt plant
  • Nab is less than two miles.

3. Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” is not a list Westford wants to be on!
An asphalt plant will ensure that we will never make a top town list again! Perhaps after getting an asphalt plant we will even make it on a “Worst Places To live” list!


4. We want our home values to be as low as possible!
We don’t want to be like Carlisle, Wellesley, and Lexington (which don’t have asphalt plants); we’d rather be like Saugus, Peabody, and Pittsfield (which do have asphalt plants). All towns with an asphalt plant have lower house values than Westford does. If we want to have lower property values, we need an asphalt plant too!


5. Trucks, Trucks, and More Trucks!
Wouldn’t it be great to have hundreds of trucks crawling down route 40? The asphalt plant will ensure that you’ll always be late! As a bonus, we’ll get even more chemicals from the diesel exhaust!