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Good afternoon.

We appreciate any DEIR comments that were sent to MEPA regarding the Eversource Energy project. My wife and I did find the time to comment in a more broad than scientific nature as the real environmental science and engineering represented here is beyond our (my) expertise. I have attached the comments sent to MEPA by the Town of Sudbury, Sudbury Valley Trustees and Protect Sudbury Inc. Unfortunately, the Town of Hudson nor the Hudson Conservation Commission took advantage of this opportunity to comment on a project route that they claim to oppose.

It's just the usual behavior, or lack there of, from our elected and appointed officials. I can only guess by their actions that they don't care were this utility route goes.

As you know, our group, Protect Hudson Inc. was not able to gather enough momentum to raise the money, to hire an attorney to provide for an intervener group. This probably has a lot to do with the NIMBY effect and the low number of residential abutters.

thanks again for you support.
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Good afternoon.

The Eversource Energy Sudbury to Hudson Reliability project is currently in the hands of the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB). There have been several hearings with many this week and early next week. The Towns of Hudson, Sudbury, Protect Sudbury and Hudson Light and Power are intervener groups and have the ability to present evidence as well as cross examine the petitioner.

MEPA (Mass. Environmental Policy Act board) also plays a large roll in this process. They are not a regulatory body but will provide information and directives to the EFSB in regard to MEPA's concerns regarding impact to the environment. As you know, we are concerned with the use of the MBTA ROW as a utility corridor, as it sits on some precious, sensitive land that we feel should remain unmolested.

I have included links to access the latest draft environmental impact report (DEIR) presented by Eversource in October of 2017.

This report is the partial or incomplete project route environmental and engineering draft. This is fraught with errors and is missing very important detail in regards to location of water wells, engineering and design features, ground water flow chars and a great deal of incorrect information.

MEPA would like to know your concerns regarding this DEIR. If you could please take the time to review this and send an email to the MEPA representative tasked with our case, that may help dissuade the EFSB from permitting this proposed project. We would like to see the project abandoned of at least put under the public streets where it will not be a hazard for generations to come.

Link to access DEIR http://projects.vhb.com/Sudbury-Hudson/DEIR/

Send comments to: page.czepiga@state.ma.us

Thank you for your time.

Brian O'Neill

President Protect Hudson Inc.
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MEPA public comment period is till July 3rd

Eversource has filed their plan for an underground route along MBTA right of way to Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Board. We currently have open 20 day window for public input to MEPA through an assigned representative till July 3rd. Please continue to follow our Facebook page for further information.

At the Hudson Board of Selectman meeting on April 24th, they stated that town supports under the road option rather than the MBTA.

Send your comments to MEPA by using this template. Email address to send the letter to MEPA is Czepiga@state.ma.us

Download the template letter here, and feel free to update it with your comment about how it will affect you.

Eversource Energy wants to build an 8.9 mile long, 115 thousand volt, 80 foot wide, 70+ foot high, line of high tension powerlines from central Sudbury to Hudson Light and Power on Forest Ave in Hudson, MA

This project, billed as a “power upgrade”, will follow the abandoned MBTA rail line on Rte. 20 in Sudbury and will head west, abutting small businesses and 350+ families’ homes. It then enters the Assabet Valley Wildlife Refuge, 1 of only 4 federal wildlife refuges in MA and into the Marlboro State Forest, 1 of only 70 state forests in MA. It then enters Hudson and passes scores of families’ homes as it crosses White Pond Rd, Parmenter Rd and Main St near Kane Industrial Park. It then heads towards downtown Hudson where it will be connected to Hudson Light and Power.

Please read the most recent proposal by Eversource Energy as well as the initial Northeast Utilities Greater Boston study solution. You will realize that this has been in the planning stage for years with no input from stakeholders. Eversource Energy states that ‘Hudson town representatives” were met with and shown this proposed project in early 2015. The public was made aware February 2016. Eversource Energy constantly states that they have “sought community input and listened to stakeholders”. They have never done either. The current proposal by Eversource Energy is so flawed and packed with false information it is shocking.

Current project proposal

Transmission Projects

This project, as proposed, will result in property devaluation which will affect the tax assessment for the whole town. Thus affecting budgets for all Town of Hudson entities. Police, Fire, schools, DPW ect. The immediate environmental destruction, possible detrimental health effects and long term blight will be the legacy left by Eversource Energy, local, state and federal government and all entities that would allow this to happen. We as abutters, residents, and all who cherish these forests and our rural town must stop this from happening by organizing against this project, labeled “The Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Reliability Project”.

It is important to know that this project is surveyed to pass directly over ALL of Hudson’s watershed protection districts. It is certain that if the MBTA right of way (ROW) is the site for this utility route. Herbicides will be sprayed directly on the ground where the towers or trench (possible underground installation) is located. As you can see in the included Hudson watershed protection map, herbicides will be sprayed directly over al aquafers in Hudson!

Hudson watershed protection map

Mass DEP assesment of Hudson water

April 24th Board of Selectman’s Meeting

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Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Selectman’s meeting – July 10th at 7 PM

You can find more events on the town calendar – Town of Hudson Meeting Calendar

We are thankful for their support. Click on the image to see the support letter.
Hudson Conservation Commission Comments