Friday, April 5, 2013
Framingham residents and town leaders expressed serious concerns about General Chemical's clean-up efforts presented at a public involvement plan, hosted by the Massachusetts DEP Thursday night.
Neighbors of General Chemical said they are worried about children playing in the wetlands behind the property and in a nearby drainage ditch near a condo complex during a public involvement meeting Thursday night, held by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) on the ongoing assessment and cleanup plan for the closed disposal site on Leland St. Residents want signs placed on the wetlands, at the drainage ditch and also on two homes General Chemical purchased, now abandoned, to warn people of the potential health and safety risks. "Jack & I have been all through the wetlands," said Rodene Lamkin, MassDEP's project manager for the General Chemical site. "I don't see how kids are going through that dense area." …
Framingham Health Board Chair Michael Hugo says the department does not have enough manpower to inspect every restaurant twice a year, let alone annually.
On its website, the Framingham Health Department states at "least twice a year, restaurants and retail food establishments are inspected for compliance with the State Food Code." But in reality, that has not been the case in Framingham. Framingham has 400 food establishments, and for the longest time the Health Department had just one inspector, said Health Board Chair Michael Hugo. "With a town the size of Framingham, we really need 5 to 6 inspectors mathematically, to conduct all the inspections, we should do annually," said Hugo. "We just don't have the manpower." Historically, said Hugo, the health department had four inspectors, but budget cuts in recent years lowered the number of inspectors. "We brought in a part-time contract …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Residents around Framingham’s Reservoir No. 2 questioned the federal government’s $11 million plan to lay down a carpet of sand to bury decades-old deposits of mercury and industrial waste.
The federal government’s plan to cap portions of one of the town’s contaminated reservoir basins appears to be a long way from becoming reality. With almost universal opposition from about 40 residents, a strongly worded letter listing concerns from town officials opposing the plan and funding uncertainties the future is unclear for the EPA's long-researched plan to deposit layers of sand at the bottom of Framingham’s Reservoir No. 2. The reservoir is the final resting place of a host of chemicals and toxic substances that are related to the Nyanza Chemical Superfund Site in Ashland. For most of the 20th century, various companies on the Nyanza site spewed industrial wastewater that contained high levels of acids and chemicals into the …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Lawyers for victims of the national meningitis outbreak are requesting permission to inspect and conduct tests at New England Compounding Center in Framingham.
Friday, December 7, 2012
A judge has told lawyers for victims of a deadly meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham specialty pharmacy she will likely grant their request for an exhaustive inspection and testing at the facility, reports the Associated Press. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal said Thursday she expects to issue an order allowing lawyers for people suing New England Compounding Center to access the now-closed Waverly Street specialty pharmacy The most recent numbers have 36 people dead and more than 510 infected with fungal meningitis linked to NECC. Judi Abbott Curry, an NECC attorney, said the company agrees that the plaintiffs’ lawyers have the right to inspect the facility, but she argued that the inspection should be conducted after a federal …