Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”OP-ED: Why Wilmington Residents Should Care About A Woburn 40B ProjectIn “Government”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business” Dear Editor,We would like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Cindy Friedman and Bruce Tarr and Representatives Richard Haggerty, David Robertson, and Kenneth Gordon for their continued support in the Woburn Neighborhood Association’s objection to the Ledges Project. The State Delegation from Woburn and Wilmington sent a joint letter to the Mass Department of Environmental Protection outlining their objections to the project and asking them to take immediate action. The text of the letter is below.Sincerely,Michael L Raymond, ChairmanWoburn Neighborhood Association++++++++++++++++++++++Office of Heidi ZischGeneral CounselMass DEP 205B Lowell StWilmington, MA 01887Attorney Zisch,We write to you with great concern about the environmental impact regarding the “Ledges” project located at 1042 Main Street in Woburn, MA, and the widespread effects it will have on both the local and regional human and animal populations, forest ecosystem, and groundwater runoff. While we support accessible and affordable housing opportunities in the greater Boston area, the impact the proposed project has on the surrounding neighborhoods in terms of dust, noise, and construction on an environmentally damaged plot leads us to believe that such a project’s negatives far outweigh any perceived benefits. We believe that MassDEP would likely share in our and our constituents justified concerns,Firstly, with 420,000 cubic yards of soil set to be removed, the project not only radically alters the community but also exposes all residents to dust and debris as a result of the extensive blasting. Of particular concern to us is the great amount of Silica dust that will be created. As we are sure you know, silica contributes to increased risks of a myriad of cancers, a heightened risk of OCPD, and is the direct cause of silicosis. These risks are especially concerning due to the presence of young children and the elderly nearby, living in homes not typically insulated against such fine particle matter. Even if such particles do not enter the homes and business of residents, fine particles that land on cars, playsets, and pathways will be directly stirred up and breathed by thousands of people. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that workers who deal with silica change their clothes and park their vehicle in sheltered areas at the worksite, noting that fallen particles on clothes and cars still raise the level for illness. The residents of Woburn and Wilmington do not have this luxury, and instead are forced to be exposed to contaminates without any choice but to abandon their homes. This is egregious.Secondly, we wish MassDEP to address the radical changes such a development will have on the water percolation and runoff, especially with respect to the change in how the plume of the Olin Chemical site has continuously spread. As we are sure you are aware the chemicals leaked from the Olin Chemical property have created a larger plume than previously expected, With the removal of vegetation, top soil, and the creation of thousands of square feet of non-permeable surface we are concerned with the exacerbation that concentrated percolation and drainage will have in extending the plume. By creating non-permeable surfaces and removing topsoil storm-water run off potentially increase in concentration, pushing chemicals spreading through the bedroom even further rather than being held and released more slowly as the current topography of the site allows. As you are also aware, the Wilmington area cancer study is still an ongoing matter, and evidence suggests a correlation between the appearance of rare cancers and the chemicals present in the Woburn/Wilmington watershed.Thirdly, our delegation is concerned about the noise and light pollution on nearby residents. While the area is developed, the lowering of the elevation of the hill and the removal of the trees changes the dynamic of the light and noise pollution tremendously. It is no secret that studies show that exposure to light and sound during evening hours leads to higher rates of stress, depression, anxiety, and more in children. The size and scope of a project that radically alters the landscape will decrease the health of the population, decrease the values of existing property, and compound an already tenuous public health picture.As the project is moving forward, urgent action is greatly needed. We ask that you, within your powers, take into account our objections with the project so that the good people of Woburn and Wilmington do not lose their health, homes, or happiness. As always, if you have any questions on the above points, the project in general, or our other numerous concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our respective offices.Sincerely,Representative David RobertsonRepresentative Richard HaggertyRepresentative Kenneth GordonSenator Bruce TarrSenator Cindy FriedmanLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pan Ei Mon (L) and Chit Su Win (R), wives of detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, attend a press conference in Yangon on 4 September 2018. A global outcry over the jailing of two Reuters journalists has been met with silence from Myanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a stony response that an official defended on 4 September as a reluctance to criticise the judiciary. Photo: AFPThe wife of one of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar made an emotional appeal Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi to free her husband for the sake of their young daughter, as the leader comes under increasing criticism for her silence on the case.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested while reporting on atrocities committed during the military’s bloody expulsion of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims last year.A Yangon court on Monday found them guilty under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced them to seven years in prison, sparking outrage from the UN, EU and US as well as media and rights groups.Suu Kyi was herself subjected to house arrest for some 15 years, relying on foreign media to highlight a plight that kept her away from her own children as they grew up.Kyaw Soe Oo’s wife Chit Su Win, 23, broke down in tears as she asked the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to release her husband, the father of their three-year-old daughter.”I want my husband to come back,” she said. “I cry when my daughter asks me why her father is not with us. She asks me, ‘Does he not love me?'”A UN report last week accused Suu Kyi of failing to use her moral authority to stem the violence last year and called for the generals to be prosecuted for “genocide”.Her silence on the case and the verdict — the sternest test in recent years to free speech in the country — has shredded her reputation even further.But Aung Hla Tun, a former Reuters journalist who is now deputy Minister of Information, defended Suu Kyi’s reticence.”Criticising the judicial system would be tantamount to contempt of court,” he told AFP. “I don’t think she will do it.”A whistleblowing policeman had corroborated the defence argument that the reporters had been entrapped by police, who handed them documents over dinner shortly before their arrest.But the judge chose to ignore the testimony.- ‘Sad Day for Myanmar’ -Lawyers for the pair will appeal the verdict although the lengthy process will take months, if not years.The country’s president, a close ally of Suu Kyi, could also pardon the reporters but experts say any immediate intervention is unlikely.Erstwhile Suu Kyi advocates overseas have been left dismayed by her attitude to the journalists’ ordeal.Her one public reference to the Reuters journalists during the court case — telling Japanese broadcaster NHK that the pair had broken the Official Secrets Act — was criticised by rights groups for potentially prejudicing the verdict.Wa Lone’s wife Pan Ei Mon described the families’ sadness on seeing the interview, saying that was the moment they “realised that she didn’t know about the case clearly”.US diplomat Bill Richardson, a former confidant and member of her advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, alleged she also denounced the two reporters as traitors during a heated exchange at the beginning of the year.While the case horrified the West, domestically it garnered little public attention despite its implications for press freedom.Response to the jailing was mixed.State-backed media barely mentioned the verdict Tuesday although other papers stood in solidarity with the reporters.A publication called 7Day News branded it a “sad day” for Myanmar and carried a large black rectangle on its front page.The English version of the Myanmar Times ran a full front-page photo of Kyaw Soe Oo, calling the verdict “a blow to press freedom” although its Myanmar-language sister paper was more muted, simply urging the overhaul of obsolete laws.On Facebook — the prime source of news for many in a country that only recently came online — comments were overwhelmingly stacked against the reporters, accusing them of bias and some even calling for a harsher sentence.Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win say they just try to ignore the negative opinions about their husbands.”Some people say that I was wrong to marry a journalist but I never feel like that,” Chit Su Win said. “He is not only a good journalist but a good husband. I’m proud of him and I will teach my daughter to be proud of her father.”