SOS Save “ Our ” Sutton
SOS Save “ Our ” Sutton
Why this petition matters
For all Sutton Residents and surrounding communities concerned about blasting and future development at the UN1F1ED² Global Packaging Group site.
There has been blasting since March 7th, 2022 at the UN1F1ED² construction site on Providence Road formally owned by Aggregate Industries and Worcester Sand and Gravel. We as concerned citizens would like the Town of Sutton to protect our quiet neighborhoods and our homes and hold UN1F1ED² accountable.
Please sign this petition to urge the Sutton Town officials to protect our neighborhood.
Our main concerns with the blasting is the damage caused to our homes and what it’s doing to our private water wells and septic systems. Also, what it could do to our drinking water in the future as there is a large aquifer underneath our neighborhoods close to the UN1F1ED² construction site.
Years ago, the Town of Sutton had denied blasting permits to Aggregate Industries and Worcester Sand and Gravel, the former businesses/owners so why all of a sudden is it ok for UN1F1ED² to blast?
Neighbors have experienced their houses shake, windows, dishes and glasses rattling in cabinets. A few neighbors have already experienced damage to their homes such as cracks in their walls and ceiling, cracks in driveways, nail pops and pictures falling off walls, etc. one resident mentioned his water well partially collapsed.
What about Veterans with PTSD? Residents with Autism and Asperger’s?
The Fire Department and Select Board members mentioned to submit a Blasting damage request form which needs to be submitted within 30 days of the damage. What if there is damage long after the blasting say to our water quality?
We respectfully request that the following items be acted upon by our FRIENDLY Neighbor, UN1F1ED² Global Packaging Group. (UGPG)
Water Quality We request that UN1F1ED² is to provide Water Quality analysis from our homes, not from an upstream aquifer. The analysis will be performed by UN1F1ED² Independent third-party Laboratory and conducted quarterly through the life of the project and continuing for at least Three years following completion. These tests will include but not be limited to the following Inorganic and organic chemicals, Radionuclides, Biologicals, Turbidity, and all other standards as defined in 310 CMR 22.00 AND 310 CMR 22.02.
As the shock wave from the blasts rip through the aquifer stirring up silt, when our pumps kick on they are pumping sand “The enemy of any pump system” we request that UN1F1ED² set up a fund to replace the pumps of those in the immediately affected area.
Radon Testing be performed as new blasting could cause fissures releasing Radon into our homes.
Traffic Study We request that UGPG perform an up to date traffic study to include not only the main arteries but all side roads in the area. ( Dudley, Colonial, Buttonwood, Stone School, Pleasant Valley, Marble, Harback, Old Boston, Bashaw) as the Traffic Study was not representative of real time traffic nor did it take into consideration the affect it would have on side streets that will be used to avoid the congestion on Boston Rd.
We also request that all future incremental development of the parcel formerly known as Aggregate Industries now UGPG be held at a Public Meeting with a formal invitation of all abutters as well as neighboring communities affected.
Noise Pollution In order to protect the community and wildlife from the damaging effects of noise pollution, we are requesting if it’s possible to install Sound Barriers/Noise Walls to block the noise of construction now and noisy back-up beepers on Industrial vehicles and tractor trailer trucks in the future.
Air Pollution Use a blasting mat to suppress the dust. The blasting is causing a cloud of dust that is traveling into our neighborhoods. Exposure to drill and blast respirable dust could lead to silicosis and other respiratory diseases.
We need all the help we can get! All meetings are here: https://www.suttonma.org/calendar/month/2022-05
Meeting Agendas and Minutes are here: https://www.suttonma.org/home/pages/agendas-and-minutes
Authored by James LaPlante and Marie DeCosta