“We have some tough questions ahead — where will it be safe to build? How can we preserve our historical landmarks? What infrastructure will withstand ever worsening weather?” — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper
About 66,000 people in Bristol County are turning to a food pantry for help per month, an increase of 23% from a year ago.
“The fish eat some organism that has it [PCBs], and then they’re eaten by a bigger thing, and that’s eaten by a bigger thing. So, the load of PCBs you get when you eat contaminated fish is much higher than you get when you breathe them over a whole lifetime.” — Keri Hornbuckle, University of Iowa Superfund Research Program
“In every state we have laws that you can’t aid or assist in suicide. But a chemical that is more lethal than cyanide has become popular and convenient and cheap for people to use for suicide.” — Attorney Carrie Goldberg, who has brought three lawsuits against online retail giant Amazon.
The regulations will require only homeowners on Cape Cod to upgrade their septic systems to nitrogen-filtering models, unless their town puts together a 20-year plan to reduce nitrogen in its watersheds.
Dartmouth mom Tuesday Desrochers mourns her sons Maxwell, who died this month, and Caleb who died in 2017. “I just started screaming because there’s no way I could have lost two.”
“I think this is a horrible time for this to happen. It should have been stretched out until our grocery prices went down.” — Kevin Frederic, supervisor at the Solanus Casey Food Pantry for Catholic Social Services
The Light will continue to monitor and report on COVID-19, but will pause weekly updates, including new cases in New Bedford, percentage of those vaccinated and average daily cases.
“Recent immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, and refugees without economic means tend to settle in the same low-income communities and therefore are more likely to be at risk of lead exposure.” — Mass. Department of Public Health statement.
Flu season off to an early, nasty start but RSV and Covid-19 still a concern. Southcoast Health, Community Health Center urge caution during holiday gatherings