Weymouth residents continue air quality testing in the Fore River Basin – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

WEYMOUTH — Fore River residents against a proposed natural gas compressor station are doing more independent air-quality testing in the Fore River Basin, including a 24-hour test that requires around-the-clock monitoring.

Last month, the crowd in the Fore River Clubhouse overflowed into the hallway at a meeting where Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, the North Weymouth Civic Association and Dr. Curtis Nordgaard shared air-quality results from April. Sites included North Weymouth, East Braintree and Quincy Point.

Tests from two of the four sites showed concentrations of air pollutants that violate Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection standards. For example, results from East Braintree showed 15 toxins, including eight that violated state standards multiple times over.

“Testing is showing there are volatile organic compounds many times above the state guidelines, yet they’re bringing in another polluting facility into an area that is already inundated with pollutants,” Alice Arena of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station said.

In April, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a proposed air-plan application for the 7,700-horsepower compressor station Algonquin Gas Transmission wants to build on the banks of the Fore River as part of its Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion project. Compressor stations are placed along pipelines to maintain pressure and keep the gas flowing.

With a $6,000 grant from the Island Foundation, the organizations used certified testing laboratories and equipment to obtain air quality data with canisters that test for a long list of carcinogenic chemicals. The residents also bought a standing monitor that can be moved around to different locations.

For 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, residents conducted air-quality testing at the park next to the proposed site for the compressor…

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