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Select Board Letter Regarding Soil Reclamation Project in Pepperell

Editor: Last July the news that Mass Com- posting Group [MCGI] was seeking to create a massive landfill in an old gravel pit adjacent to the Nashua river at 161 Nashua Road in Pepperell went public. Shortly after the news broke, signs appeared in Pepperell, Groton and surrounding communi- ties proclaiming ‘No Toxic Dirt.’ Here we reprint a letter from Groton Select Board to Groton State Representative Sheila Harrington and State Senator Ed Kennedy opposing the project.
July 2, 2019
Dear Representative Harrington
and Senator Kennedy:
     The Town of Groton was recently informed by the Town of Pepperell about the proposed soil reclamation project in Pepperell, at a site adjacent to the Nashua River. The Town of Groton agrees that such a project would create various negative impacts in Pepperell and also in neighboring communities along the Nashua River.
     The possible negative impacts include air, noise, soil, and water pollutants, as well as increased traffic in the area.
     The Town of Groton has made a priority of protecting the lands adjacent to the Nashua River, as a way of protecting the river itself and preserving a clean and healthy riparian corridor for future generations. Working with groups such as the Nashua River Watershed Association (based in Groton) and in coordination with other towns/cities in the watershed, the Town of Groton has been part of a long and wide- ranging effort to clean up, restore, and protect the Nashua River.
     The recent designation of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as part of the
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System is the result of a decades- long and multi-state effort.
     It would be irresponsible to allow the proposed soil reclamation project to proceed in its proposed location. The potential for environmental contamination from such a project is real, and any adverse impacts are likely to be long lasting. Such a scenario would undo much of the tremendous work that has been done over the years to protect this valuable natural resource.
     The Town of Groton strongly opposes the proposed soil reclamation project and fully supports the Town of Pepperell’s efforts to protect the integrity of the region.
Alison S. Manugian, Chair
Groton Select Board
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