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Boston Area Residents Rally Against Proposal to Build Diesel Power Plant in Chelsea
08 Jan 2007
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Area residents are preparing to rally against Chelsea Energy LLC, an affiliate of Cape Wind, which has proposed the construction of a 250-megawatt diesel burning peak power plant along the Chelsea Creek, in the heart of a densely populated area adjacent to Chelsea's Burke Elementary School Complex. This prospect has united local reaidents, city council officials, and state representatives from area communities to fight the energy giant.

The proposed construction of a power plant only hundreds of feet from an elementary school in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has outraged the entire region.
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Chelsea Energy LLC, an affiliate of Cape Wind, plans to construct a 250-megawatt peak power plant along the Chelsea Creek, in the heart of a densely populated area. The site abuts the Burke Elementary School complex in Chelsea and the plant would loom over tens of thousands of students and residents from Revere, East Boston and Everett. This prospect has brought together people from all these communities to fight the energy giant.

Years of abuse by other industries in the port area have already made these communities some of the most polluted in the state. Levels of diesel pollution and other contaminants exceed the official recommended limits. This proposal flies in the face of recent efforts to clean up the environment, and local residents are very upset to learn that another dirty industry is being considered for the area.

Community leaders from Chelsea, Revere, and East Boston have united to thwart the power plant proposal. They believe it presents a serious risk to the health of both the nearby students and the many elderly residents and students in the region. They are joined by local officials, including Senator Jarrett Barrios, Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, the Chelsea City Council and the Revere City Council. All are lobbying Governor Deval Patrick to intervene on behalf of these diverse and environmentally overburdened communities.

“They always want to put their dirty industries in communities like Chelsea,” complained local resident Marsha Finley, who owns a home near the proposed site. “But Chelsea has already taken enough. I hope Deval Patrick will put his money where his mouth is about environmental justice.”

Like many residents in the area, Alejo and Bertilda Sanchez of Revere already suffer from chronic lung disease. They are very concerned about the health effect that two 150-foot smoke stacks will have on their health and their ability to stay out of the hospital. “I have enough problems breathing; this is certainly not going to help,” Mr. Sanchez said through and interpreter.

Carolyn Boumilla-Vega of Chelsea, whose two young sons attend the Burke Elementary School, is concerned that asthma which has plagued so many children in her family will worsen and leaving lasting effects on her sons. “As a lifetime Chelsea resident, I am disturbed that this proposal is being considered when the plant would be across the street from my sons’ school and the only public Elementary School in the City. It’s such a ludicrous proposal. I hope the state rejects it immediately.”


Roseann Bongiovanni, Chelsea City Council President and the Director of the Chelsea Green Space Committee is inviting residents from all communities to attend a state-sponsored public hearing on Thursday evening, January 11, at 7:00 pm at Chelsea High School, 299 Everett Avenue in Chelsea. She estimates that at least 200 Chelsea citizens will attend and make their voices heard. Moreover, she wants people to write their comments to the state. All comments must be identified by project number EOEA 13927 and addressed to Holly Johnson, MEPA Office 100 Cambridge St. Suite 900 Boston MA 02114 or holly.s.johnson (at)

For further information on the power plant proposal or the community meeting, please contact: Roseann Bongiovanni at (617)889-6080x111 or visit

Chelsea – City Council President Roseann Bongiovanni (617-283-2849)
Revere – City Councillor George Rotondo (781-248-6972)
East Boston – Nancei Radicchi (617) 569-3220
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