At the Green Acton meeting on December 11, 2018, by consensus of the Directors present, Green Acton adopted the following position with respect to Concord’s application for a three-year extension to its Order of Conditions (“wetlands permit”) for the expansion of its water treatment facility at Nagog Pond:
In view of the important new information that has come to light in the three years since the Acton Conservation Commission last considered Concord’s expanded water treatment facility on Nagog Pond, Green Acton urges ConsCom to deny the requested three-year extension, invite a new Notice of Intent, and then hold a hearing that could deliberate on a wider range of potential environmental harms and remedies than were addressed in the original Order of Conditions.
The previous post looked at the 1.5-year-old effort to divert 1,4-Dioxane in the Nuclear Metals, Inc. (NMI) plume before it can reach the public water supply. This post looks at a longer time frame, and asks whether dioxane levels in the Acton public water supply wells have been getting better or worse over the scale of a decade.
Green Acton’s Water Committee works to protect and improve Acton’s ground, surface and drinking water, through information gathering, advocacy, public education, and collaboration with other concerned groups. More specifically, the Water Committee:
- Continues the work of ACES in watchdogging the Superfund sites that threaten Acton’s water quality
- Monitors threats and risks to the quality of Acton’s ground, surface, and drinking water, from any and all sources
- Monitors threats and risks to water quantity and water availability, including from overdevelopment, climate change, population growth, and neighboring towns
- Gathers, organizes and disseminates information and data relevant to water in Acton
- Works to overcome threats to the quality or quantity of Acton’s water through citizen advocacy, information sharing, public education, and other means.
The Water committee meets face-to-face once a month, generally on the second Sunday of the month, 2:30-4:30 in the Acton Memorial library (double check GA calendar, however). We also have an active email discussion group. The committee welcomes new participants at our meetings or on our discussion list. For questions or to join the email group: firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading