Casino Construction Could Result in Spread of Toxic Chemicals

Dust from contaminated soil could blow through the region if construction on the site is approved.

A rendering of the Wynn Resort casino in Everett, across from Sullivan Square. Credit: File photo
A rendering of the Wynn Resort casino in Everett, across from Sullivan Square. Credit: File photo

Officials during a meeting at Charlestown High School Tuesday said that the proposed Wynn casino in Everett and in close proximity to Sullivan Square in Charlestown would pollute the air throughout the region, according to the Boston Herald.

Jane Wheeler, an environmental consultant with CDM Smith explained during the meeting that dust leftover from tucks carrying dirt laced with arsenic, lead and petroleum hydrocarbons from years of sulfur manufacturing on what was once a Monsanto chemical site would likely blow from west to east toward Boston, according to the Herald. 

Moreover, the pollution would be in addition to a 13-percent increase in air pollutants from traffic through the area, and every vehicle that would leave the site would need to be washed to prevent poison from spreading, the Herald reported. 

About 60 percent of the proposed casino’s estimated traffic would come by way of Sullivan Square in Charlestown.

Materials relating to the meeting and the proposed casino can be found at the Boston Public Library's Charlestown branch. Area residents can also submit comments on the city of Boston's website

Gtree February 06, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Are you saying that cleaning up a site from a temporary solution to a permanent remedy is a bad idea. Have you ever heard of Brownfields? There's major support from washington dc and beacon hill to redevelop these sites. What current exposures are you talking about. Are you saying there is detectable air Bourne contamination? If so, thats not true.
William Brewster February 06, 2014 at 01:43 PM
It's a done deal, powerbrokers have ruled, palms have been crossed, unions greased...accept it, you'll sleep better (leave windows closed).
Cecilia February 06, 2014 at 01:53 PM
GTree, I'm saying we need more information. The CDW Smith report clearly stated that toxic dust will be airborne as a result of the construction. If you need more proof of what 70 years of wonton chemical dumping looks like, check out this report by Everett's own police dept. http://faculty.umb.edu/anamarija.frankic/eeos476/ProjectSites/ChemicalLane/The%20Former%20Monsanto%20Chemical%20Company%20Site.pdf
Joseph February 06, 2014 at 03:01 PM
@Gtree - EPA. I would think they (EPA) would have some jurisdiction over chemical company clean ups. Or in this case, failure to clean up properly. Whether the casino comes to Everett or not, clean up is a must.
Mary Walsh February 06, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Of all the stats given at the meeting, the fact that the tower they have to build to alleviate the exhaust from the four-story underground garage is projected to be 360 feet. That's about 150 feet taller than the Bunker Hill Monument. (221' v. 360') I hope I misheard. I'd be all for cleaning up the toxic waste and it is revealing that only someone who can historically expect to siphon off large amounts of money, especially from lower income people, could even see this as a viable site to begin with. More power to them since Gordon Gekko"s philosophy is much more in keeping with the present than is the more altruistic nature of the people who fought at Bunker Hill. I just see the long and short term quality of life for the people in Charlestown being inversely proportional to the height of Steve win's smokestack.


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