Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cost to businesses = "an estimated $71 million in Franklin"

The mandate, which has pinpointed Milford, Franklin and Bellingham, aims to clean up the Charles River, specifically the phosphorous found in the river from stormwater runoff.
"It's not that we don't view the public policy goal as worthy," Fernandes said. "What we don't think has been thought through is whether this is being implemented fairly."
The cost that comes along with the new mandate, an estimated $35 million to $60 million in Milford and an estimated $71 million in Franklin, is something that Fernandes said will hurt the towns.
With an additional cost to regulate stormwater, many businesses may choose to stay out of Milford, Franklin and Bellingham, creating unfair competition not only with bordering towns, but also towns in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
In addition, Fernandes said the towns' added cost in regulating the stormwater has the potential to place a tax burden on residents, creating even more of a disadvantage.

Federal help sought on rainwater mandate

from The Milford Daily News News RSS 

For more information on the proposed mandate: 

- EPA is issuing these draft rules for public review and comment. The proposed rules, and instruction how to comment, can be found on 
EPA's Charles River website. The official comment period will remain open until June 30, 2010, and EPA will accept written comments until that date. 

- EPA will hold two public informational meetings. The first will be on May 12, 2010 between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Tri-Country Regional Vocational Technical School at 147 Pond Street in Franklin. On June 22, 2010, EPA will hold another informational session at the same location from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Immediately following the information session, EPA will hold a formal public hearing at which it will receive oral and written comments for the official record. 

EPA’s Clean Charles River Website, including proposed final rules regarding stormwater pollution (

Franklin, MA

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