Crucial study researching hazardous waste transportation in Metro-West communities passes House

(BOSTON) – Representative Jay R. Kaufman secured $300,000 in funding for a much-needed study to research the impact of transporting non-radioactive hazardous materials (NRHM) in the Metro-West Boston area. The research would determine what effect NRHM transport has on Boston and Metro-West suburbs for both infrastructure and public safety concerns in the area.

This legislation comes in the wake of a recent decision by the City of Boston to prohibit the travel of trucks carrying NRHM in the city during daytime hours. The City’s decision would push HAZMAT transport into surrounding cities and towns, resulting in more traffic on the roads, and the potential for a more damaging spill in one of these areas.

Different cities and towns in the area have understandable concerns regarding NRHM transport, and Representative Kaufman’s amendment provides funding for a comprehensive study of what effect HAZMAT transport would have on suburban municipalities, the City of Boston, and the trucking industry.

“I’m pleased that this study will provide Boston-area cities and towns with the information they need to develop safe, responsible, and flexible solutions for HAZMAT transport,” said Kaufman. “It’s encouraging to see realize the necessity of this report, where we can address environmental and economic concerns without compromising either.”

Rep. Kaufman’s support for research on the transportation of these hazardous materials is his latest act in a consistent trend of commitment to public safety and the environment. Rep. Kaufman has recently sponsored other legislation that reflects his commitment to safety and the environment without economic compromise in Massachusetts, such as a recent act that seeks to combine safer alternatives to toxic chemicals with continued economic growth.