Washington (February 22, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) voted today to approve the construction of an electrical substation in East Boston.
“The East Boston and Chelsea communities are already in crisis, victim to not just the worst health impacts of the coronavirus crisis, but also to decades of poor air quality and asthma diagnoses. These communities deserve even greater consideration of their safety, their quality of life, and their future—not to have their opposition dismissed and ignored. I am extremely disappointed to hear that the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) is moving forward with construction plans of the East Boston electric substation, which poses a threat to the safety and wellbeing of East Boston and Chelsea residents. The EFSB ignored the process and substance concerns of hundreds of community members and advocates, in yet another example of the injustices that continue to plague this community and a dereliction of our responsibility to correct these historic wrongs. We need to consider justice, safety, and the need for these facilities within a green energy economy, not just in East Boston, but everywhere.”
In November 2019, Senator Markey (D-Mass.) called on the EFSB to reassess its decision to move forward with the electrical substation. In his letter, Senator Markey cites climate change impacts and clean energy goals as reasons for reevaluating the location and need for the substation. This past December, Senator Markey again urged the EFSB to postpone public hearings about the proposed Eversource substation until after the coronavirus pandemic.