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]
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
Wednesday, October 12th
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