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Alliance for Health and Environment - Founding Members
Massachusetts Representative RoseLee Vincent
Revere City Council President Jessica Giannino
Revere City Councilor John Powers
Former Saugus Selectman and Town Meeting Member Peter Manoogian
Revere Resident Elle Baker
Conservation Law Foundation, Vice President and Director Veronica Eady
MASSPIRG, Attorney Kirstie Pecci
Toxics Action Center, Organizer Claire Miller
Clean Water Action, New England Regional Director Cindy Luppi
Saugus River Watershed Council, Executive Director Joan LeBlanc
Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, President Ann Devlin
Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, President Joanne McKenna
Point of Pines Beach Association 


New Alliance for Health and Environment 
will Focus on Waste Incineration and Ash Disposal

May 24, 2016 - Representative RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere) and public officials
from Saugus and Revere have joined with state and local environmental organizations
to launch a new Alliance for Health and Environment.

The Alliance will focus on raising awareness about public health and environmental impacts
of waste incineration and associated ash disposal activities, reducing pollution associated
with waste incineration and ash disposal, and promoting environmental justice for
communities impacted by waste incineration and ash disposal.      . . . read more   




The Alliance held a Public Hearing Regarding Expansion of Saugus Ash Landfill
Thursday  November 30, 2017     At Saugus High School Auditorium

See Fox 25 News story regading the Wheelabrator Ash Landfill 

On November 1, 2017, the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
issued a Provisional Decision that would allow Wheelabrator Saugus to dispose
an additional estimated 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated ash
adjacent to the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
The draft decision is available for review at:



October 20, 2017
State Representative RoseLee Vincent recently delivered the following testimony
before the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
in support of legislation that would codify environmental justice policy into
Massachusetts General Laws. As the representative whose district includes areas
designated by the Commonwealth as neighborhoods of environmental justice,
she is proud to joint sponsor this legislation.  
read the full testimony  


September 21, 2017

Alliance for Health and Environment Seeks Ash Landfill Closure
AG’s Decision

While the Attorney General’s decision not to approve bylaws adopted by Saugus
Town meeting in February was disappointing, the Alliance for Health and Environment
is more committed than ever to protecting public health and environmental resources
by pushing for closure of Wheelabrator Saugus’ Ash Landfill which is located within the
Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.   The bylaws passed by
Saugus Town Meeting members in February 2017 would have allowed local residents
to keep landfills in Saugus from expanding beyond 50 feet.

read the press release here 


February 7, 2017
Saugus Community Leaders Pass Environmental By-laws

The Alliance for Health and Environment is elated that this week, the Town of Saugus
took the first steps to prevent further expansion of any landfill in the Town by passing
three responsible zoning by-laws which would limit the vertical height of a landfill to 50 feet. 
After being recommended favorably by the Saugus Planning Board on Thursday evening,
members of Town Meeting voted to ratify the articles during a special meeting Monday night. 
While not targeted to any specific business or site, these by-law changes will keep
Wheelabrator Saugus ash landfill adjacent to the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical
Environmental Concern from expanding beyond a height of 50 feet. 

read the press release here 


January 30, 2017
Alliance for Health and Environment issued a statement regarding
the proposal to amend zoning bylaws in the Town of Saugus
to prevent future expansion of the ash landfill located in the town.

read the statement here


January 5, 2017
The Alliance formally petitioned the Town of Saugus
Board of Selectmen to call for a special town meeting to amend the Town’s
bylaws in an effort to protect public health and environmental resources.

read the petition info here 


Potential Expansion of Ash Landfill
Poses Environmental and Public Health Risks
Saugus River Watershed has prepared a press release highlighting our concerns
about public health and environmental issues related to the Wheelabrator Saugus
waste incinerator and potential expansion of the ash landfill.   
It was forwarded to the media outlets that were planning to be present at the
April 4, 2016 Press-only event held at Wheelabrator Saugus.

Read the SRWSC Press Release 


An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been submitted to the
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office for this project. 
The project includes the continued disposal of ash residue at the Wheelbrator
Saugus Monofill located adjacent to the Wheelbrator Energy from Waste facility.
Specifically, the project proposes to maximize the disposal capacity by filling
within two of the five internal valleys of the monofill.  The project will result in
changes to grading in approximately 39 acres of the project area and will provide
approximately 400,000 cubic yards of additional airspace.  This change will
provide approximately five years of additional capacity.  As described in the ENF,
the project will not change the operations at the Monofill, not increase the footprint
of the monofill, and not change the maximum height (50 feet above mean sea level). 
The project site is located in an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

The project requires a Landfill Major Modification (BWP SW 11) and may require
a Minor Modification to the existing Chapter 91 Waterways License from the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

Please read the MEPA Handout from MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
regarding the Overview of MA Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Review Process
Continuation of Use of the Saugus Ash Mono-fill – Wheelabrator Facility, Saugus, MA    


Alliance for Health and Environment Public Forum on
Why Dumping Ash in Saugus is Harmful to Public Health and the Environment
The Saugus Town Hall Auditorium was packed on June 21st for the Alliance for Health
and Environment’s public forum featuring Dr. Paul Connett regarding Wheelabrator Saugus’
incinerator ash and its effects on public health and the environment.

“On behalf of the Alliance for Public Health and Environment, I want to thank the residents
of Saugus, Revere, Lynn and other surrounding communities who came out on a beautiful
summer night to learn more about why expansion of Wheelabrator's ash landfill would be
a travesty,” said Alliance founding member State Representative RoseLee Vincent.  “We
were proud to co-host this informative discussion with Dr. Paul Connett and knowledgeable
environmental leaders about the dangers of toxic incinerator ash.”

The Alliance encourages any citizen who was not able to attend the forum to watch it online:   

One of the key points highlighted by Connett confirmed Alliance concerns about the level
of toxicity in ash placed at the landfill in Saugus.  Highly contaminated fly ash is mixed with
bottom ash before being spread onto the ash landfill located adjacent to the Rumney
Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  While many other countries treat this
fly ash as hazardous waste, the US Environmental Protection Agency changed its
regulations to accommodate the industry when fly ash was too toxic to meet environmental
monitoring tests for toxicity.

“This is just one more reason why we must ensure closure of this landfill. Our neighborhoods
and environmental resources have been burdened by pollution from contaminated ash for far
too long,” Representative Vincent went on to say.  “Now we must shift from expanding this
facility to putting protections in place that will prevent the landfill from causing more problems
for the local environment as we face increasing sea level rise and storm surge in the future.”

The timeline for the public to submit comments on Wheelabrator’s proposal for expansion
of its ash landfill has been extended to Tuesday, July 5th, 2016.  This new deadline does not
affect anybody who has already submitted comments.  However, if members of the public
wish to weigh-in, they may do so by emailing

or by sending them to the following address:

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Attn: MEPA Office
Page Czepiga, EEA No. 15525
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston MA 02114

Alliance for Health and Environment Media Contact:
Representative RoseLee Vincent  (617) 722-2210




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