RE “USING the courts to stall development’’ (Op-ed, Sept. 27): Paul McMorrow clearly understands the contamination dangers inherent in the Cedar Ridge Estates project in Holliston. As he states, “the project site used to be a fetid dumping ground. It remains dangerously polluted’’ and “remains plagued by groundwater contamination.’’ With 200 condominiums planned, how will the groundwater discharge affect the flow of contaminants on site toward the town well?
Holliston residents rely on public wells for drinking water, and one well is downhill from the proposed Cedar Ridge. This is not a case, as McMorrow suggests, of a town appearing “to use environmental concerns to block developments that they oppose for other reasons.’’ This is a case of protecting Holliston’s drinking water supply.
The site is still plagued by groundwater contamination even after the state Department of Environmental Protection spent $1.75 million to clean it up. How can we be certain that the developer will remove all the contamination?
Neighbors of the site already suffered from contamination of their private wells. Why would Holliston risk its public well? Why would any community play Russian roulette with its drinking water supply?