The complaint is the latest development in an intense, monthslong dispute over controversial septic regulations. The agency has proposed rules that would force homeowners to spend tens of thousands of dollars on nitrogen-filtering systems — unless their town puts together a plan to reduce nitrogen pollution in other ways.
A bill from state Sen. Mark Montigny and state Rep. Chris Markey would stop the state DEP from requiring nitrogen-reducing septic upgrades. The legislation would also make it illegal to require watershed permits without any funding attached.
“This is the most rotten … process of government I have ever seen in Massachusetts. This is absolutely disgusting to the core, and it needs to be purified.” — Dartmouth Health Director Chris Michaud
“No one has said we want a dirtier environment … Where the disagreement is is how we get there, and we were left out — municipalities were left out of the discussion.” — Dartmouth Board of Health Director Chris Michaud
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Committee on Fisheries wants state to move contaminated quahogs to areas with cleaner waters.
“It’s just devastating honestly … I’m a little dumbfounded and lost for words with it … This is my livelihood. This is what I do, what I’ve done all my life. It’s just crushing.” — Eddie Foster, a third-generation fisherman