Chelsea residents defeat power plant

May 22, 2008

ACE’s annual celebration and fundraiser, Jammin' for Justice, is less than one week away. The evening will feature delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, lively music, and a silent auction. It will also be an opportunity for ACE to showcase our members’ outstanding work of the last year. Over the next few days we will be highlighting some of our honorees. Today’s selected honoree is Chelsea Creek Communities Against the Power Plant.

Chelsea residents protest against the diesel power plant

Chelsea residents, in collaboration with Chelsea Green Space and ACE, successfully organized against a proposed diesel-burning power plant in their community. The plant would have been sited near Chelsea’s Mary C. Burke Elementary School, exposing children to diesel exhaust and particulate matter. Due to residents’ strong, organized resistance against the plant, the developer withdrew its plans in November 2007. This is not the first time residents have successfully fought industrial interests in their neighborhoods. Last year, with help from our legal network, residents forced a local tannery to clean-up its pollution and foul odors.

While celebrating past victories, residents of Chelsea will continue to work against the disproportionate number of environmental hazards that plague the neighborhood. ACE continues to work with Chelsea Green Space in the fight to cover the Chelsea Salt Mountain. Seventy-five percent of the Commonwealth’s road salt passes through this facility, leading to air and water pollution in residential areas from the storage, transfer, and distribution of the salt. With an impressive track record, Chelsea’s residents will persist in striving for environmental justice.

Come learn more about the accomplishments of ACE’s members at Jammin’ for Justice. RSVP by this Friday, May 23, to Holly (also at 617-442-3343 x231). Childcare is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a spot prior to the event, please contact Holly by May 23.