Proposed Waste Facility Prompts Debate


Courtesy of HCAM

Niall Horgan, News Editor

There has recently been a lot of discussion about adding a waste disposal facility in Holbrook. On September 12th and 13th, a public hearing was held in the John F. Kennedy cafeteria. There has been a lot of debate about the facility. Proponents of the facility say it will provide more jobs and improve the economy, but opponents say it will give off an obnoxious smell and add more traffic to the already busy streets of Holbrook.

Senior Matthew Mullen stated his thoughts on on the project saying, “I feel that a waste disposal facility in our town would overall be beneficial in that all of the things it would provide for us despite the negatives.”

Mullen lives currently within a mile of the proposed site and believes the town will do right in making sure the area won’t smell terribly. He stated, “The town has managed to stay on top of current events to an extent where I feel that they will be able to make a system that will dispose of the waste properly and in a timely manner.”

Not all opponents of the plan are from Holbrook, but also Randolph and Braintree. According to the Patriot Ledger, Town of Randolph Council President Kendrick Clifton said the following. “If the Holbrook Board of Health finds in favor of (the) request for a site assignment, the Town of Randolph is committed to pursuing an available and appropriate avenues of appeal, including an appeal to the Massachusetts Superior Courts.”  

Currently, state environmental officials have approved the land as acceptable for the facility, but two more state approvals are required before it can be built.