Braintree chemical fire leaves behind a lot of questions April 28, 2023

Fore River
The recent fire in Braintree highlights the risks of explosive infrastructure in the Fore River basin. Photo: Doc Searls / CC BY-SA 2.0

Dr. Brita Lundberg, Greater Boston PSR Chair, and Elizabeth Maglio, Braintree city councilor | Commonwealth Magazine

In a meeting recently with María Belén Power, the state’s new undersecretary of environmental justice and equity, public health experts and community members emphasized that the flawed public and environmental health response to the February 16 fire should serve as a wake-up call. There is an urgent need, they said, to develop a regional disaster preparedness plan now, given the highly explosive infrastructure whose health and safety risks the heavily populated Fore River basin community shoulders.

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