In addition to the revenue the digester could create for the town, he said, it would also generate reusable energy.
“It’s a win-win situation, as far as I’m concerned,” Vallee said.
Concerns about odor, noise, and trucks at the Hartwell Avenue site in Lexington were raised by several residents at the informational meeting last Thursday at Cary Memorial Hall.
Maureen Joseph said she’s worried about the truck traffic, and whether odors from the anaerobic digester would prevent her from opening her windows or going outside.
“I really do not want to become a prisoner in my own home,” Joseph said.
But Mauger said the town would not go forward with the idea if the operation would cause unacceptable odor or traffic problems.
“It is a show-stopper, it wouldn’t happen,” Mauger said.
Mauger said that in the town’s limited research, odor has not seemed to be a problem at the facilities.
The Hartwell Avenue site has close access to Route 128/Interstate 95, and has been used for composting as well as storage for public works and emergency equipment, said Haskell.
The consultant estimated that from 25 to 50 trucks from Greater Boston could visit the facility per day.
Mauger said more meetings will be held after the Thursday morning session to determine whether the digester is something the town wishes to pursue.
She said Lexington needs to decide whether it really means what it has said about being a green community.
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