The proposed plant is only a few hundred feet from a daycare center and surrounded by residential communities. If built, the plant will affect families, daycare and schools up to 2-3 miles away with vibration, noise, and over a year of heavy construction traffic. Air pollution will directly impact families within a 10 mile radius and drive down home values. The sheer size of the proposed facility will be visible from various points up to a 3 mile radius – approximately 10 acres in all, with over 7 acres impervious area surrounded by 55-foot noise walls and sections of 20 foot perimeter walls. In addition, there will be a 65 foot generator stack and several above ground storage tanks ranging from 20-50 feet high and a 1,000,000 gallon fuel oil storage tank. Reaching far above all of these will be two towering 160-feet smoke stacks.
The plant will vaporize 95,000 to 178,000 gallons per day from the regions water supply daily—an already stressed precious and limited resource. This will have a severe impact on water availability and quality if the town’s wells get depleted. The site is surrounded by wetlands. The site will store 12,000 gallons of aqueous ammonia, and other hazardous chemicals stored and delivered on a regular basis present an increased the risk for leaks, spills, or a catastrophic event that could pollute underground water supply, wetlands and force evacuation of homes.
The proposed plant will emit into the air over 22.4 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) each year. When the plant runs on oil all benefits of natural gas disappear—instead the plant will emit increased levels of carcinogens such as sulfur dioxides. The proposed plant will release 721,129 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The plant will release 72.8 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOX) per year. The plant will release 73.5 tons of PM (particulate matter or ‘soot’ a known carcinogen) per year. There is a debated radius of impact for this pollution. Much of it is heavier than air and when it cools it falls to earth. These pollutants are associated with respiratory problems in children and the elderly. Nearly all of Medway’s elementary school and pre-school center are located within a one to three mile radius of the site.
Natural gas may be cleaner than coal, but it still creates staggering amounts of pollutants. The expected 5,256 hours per year run-time per turbine is exponentially more than the existing facility. Yes, the existing facility has been operating in Medway for decades, but at its run rate, it would take over 65 years to equal the same hours of operation of the new plant. This large addition to the plant will be a permanent massive industrial complex that will adversely impact the health of our children, environment, and community in numerous ways. The idea of this plant is completely against the Town Master Plan, which emphasize smart, targeted commercial growth and preserving our precious natural resources.
Town Master Plan: “Short-term gains in growth and/or tax revenue that produce potential long-term harm to Medway’s environment must be avoided.”