Locally, we continue to struggle against the special interests. Approval for a concrete plant in a densely populated neighborhood in Cranston was slipped through last March. There will be a rally on Tuesday, October 10, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, in front of City Hall. Someone, please bring a bullhorn! We hope the Mayor will be available to discuss the issue. I like the comments made by one resident:
Members held a rally Sept. 10 near the proposed facility, and they plan to gather again Tuesday, at City Hall, to urge Mayor Stephen P. Laffey to intervene.
“Hopefully he’ll be there, and we’d be delighted if he’d come down and talk to us,” Frank Mattiucci, president of Cranston Citizens for Responsible Zoning and Development, said yesterday. “We might be able to ask him once again if he’ll pull the permit on this thing.”
The Mayor would do well to take heed of a recent accident in Boston in which a concrete plant malfunctioned and spewed gray particulate matter all over a nearby school bus parking lot. From the article published September 29 in the Boston Globe:
A malfunctioning silo at a Charlestown cement company spewed a massive plume of dust yesterday, sending 61 bus drivers to hospitals with minor respiratory problems, coating about 60 school buses in a nearby parking lot with gray powder, and scrambling the afternoon bus ride home for thousands of students.
School officials said they could not use any of the buses in the Charlestown yard, approximately one third of the fleet. Buses had to be rerouted citywide, and buses scheduled for athletic events were redeployed to transport students home throughout the evening.
Michael Contompasis , interim superintendent of the Boston public schools, warned families to prepare for significant delays. Schools in northern parts of Boston were likely to be affected the most, officials said.
Work crews planned to clean the buses last night and alert parents by telephone if buses would be late this morning.
The dust came from Lafarge North America, whose six silos tower over the firm’s Charlestown plant. According to officials, the dust collection equipment on top of one of the silos malfunctioned at about 12:45 p.m., causing it to spew onto the adjacent bus yard operated by First Student, a Cincinnati-based company that transports 32,000 students in Boston.
This is why Citizens for Responsible Zoning and Development exists — to ensure that places like concrete plants are put in areas zoned for them, so that potential accidents do not jeopardize the health and safety of our community. Can you imagine if the new batching plant on Marine Drive malfunctioned and gray matter was spewed all over children playing soccer in the adjacent CLCF soccer fields?