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December 7, 2012

Judge sticks with ruling on Salem transfer station

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Northside Carting had proposed to buy the property from the city, complete the DEP-mandated cleanup and build a new facility that would allow the company to increase the average daily amount of material trucked to the site from 100 to 400 tons.

The transfer station currently handles construction and demolition debris. Northside Carting’s redevelopment proposal would have allowed municipal waste from area communities to be trucked in.

The plaintiffs, headed by Theophilopoulos, raised concerns about the expansion’s impact on the neighborhood, including increased truck traffic. They filed their first appeal in March 2010.

“This proposal was, in our opinion, both not in the interest of public health, and not in the best interest of the neighborhood,” Goodman said.

Goodman and attorneys for the city and Northside Carting made oral arguments regarding the motion for reconsideration a couple of weeks ago, Goodman said. Whitehead made his decision on Dec. 4.

This week’s ruling means that “whatever takes place at that site will have to be done through a proper, lawful procedure,” Goodman said. “Hopefully, that means it will be something that’s appropriate for the neighborhood and consistent with the requirements of Massachusetts law.”

Several city councilors were also against Northside Carting’s proposal. Any sale of property would have to be approved by the City Council.

Driscoll has been working on the transfer station issue almost since taking office in 2006. The city faces heavy potential fines for the long delay cleaning up this polluted property, which was the city incinerator from 1963 to 1968.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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