People aren't against the station per se-- Councilor Lopez says Holyoke is willing to take responsibility for its share of solid waste, and maybe more than that. (Springfield's recycling center serves 78 communities.) At this particular location, however, trucks bringing trash would run through a low-income neighborhood where asthma rates are already high. Treated trash would leave the plant by rail, which passes by the city's water supply. And, says Lopez, it wouldn't be cost-effective for the plant to send treated trash out a boxcar at a time-- trash might sit on the tracks for days until it moves.
If you're affected by this plant, find out more. The following is the meeting notice I received:
DON'T LET HOLYOKE GET TRASHED BY UNITED WASTE MANAGEMENT OF HOLYOKE! COME TO A PUBLIC MEETING TO HEAR HOW THE PROPOSED PLANT COULD AFFECT OUR HEALTH AS WELL AS HOLYOKE'S DRINKING WATER SUPPLY, (ASHLEY RESERVOIR IS ON THE TRAIN ROUTE BRINGING OUT TONS OF WASTE AND DEBRIS).
AN ACCIDENT COULD CONTAMINATE OUR CLEAN WATER SOURCE!! GET INVOLVED! TAKE CARE OF THE HOLYOKE WATER SUPPLY AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE (water, air, health + property values)
RAIN OR SHINE EVENT SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2008, 1:00PM, CORNER OF MAIN & BERKSHIRE STREET, HOLYOKE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL COUNCILOR LOPEZ 413-532-4496
NO DEJE QUE HOLYOKE SE CONVIERTA EN UN BASURERO DE LA COMPAñIA “UNITED WASTE MANAGEMENT OF HOLYOKE”
VENGA A ESTA REUNION PARA ESCUCHAR COMO ESTA PROPUESTA PUEDE ARRUINAR NUESTRA SALUD Y NUESTRA AGUA QUE USAMOS DIAREMENTE EN HOLYOKE.
(NUESTRA AGUA POTABLE DE LA RESERVA “ASHLEY” ESTA EN LA RUTA DEL “TRAIN” QUE ESTARA TRANSPORTANDO TONELADAS DE BASURA Y ESCOMBROS POR LAS VIAS)¡CUALQUIER MINIMO ACIDENTE PUEDE CONTAMINAR NUESTRA AGUA POTABLE! ¡PARTICIPE!
CUIDE NUESTRA FUENTE DE AGUA POTABLE Y CALIDAD DE VIDA EN HOLYOKE. (Agua, Aire, Salud y Valores de las propiedades) Este evento se llevara a cabo con lluvia o sin lluvia
SABADO 26 DE ABRIL DEL 2008, 1:00PM, En la Esquina de las Calles Main y Berkshire en Holyoke
PARA MAS INFORMACION LLAME AL ASAMBLEISTA LOPEZ 532-4496