Residents upset wooden ties are stack...

Residents upset wooden ties are stacked in their neighborhood

There are 9 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jun 18, 2010, titled Residents upset wooden ties are stacked in their neighborhood. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

After nearly nine months of shuttered windows and limited time outdoors, residents of the Mason Brook Lane neighborhood in Littleton were finally able to enjoy some fresh air over Memorial Day weekend.

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Frank

Lowell, MA

#1 Jun 18, 2010
Now these residents will complain and get them moved......... to another neighborhood. Face it the town/city doesn't care about you, they are probably making a couple bucks off it and said screw the taxpayer.
Thomas

Devault, PA

#2 Jun 18, 2010
Frank wrote:
Now these residents will complain and get them moved......... to another neighborhood. Face it the town/city doesn't care about you, they are probably making a couple bucks off it and said screw the taxpayer.
they are on RR owned land; RR says the ties will be used up for upcoming projects and future stacks will be located in industrial areas.
Jillian

Peabody, MA

#3 Jun 18, 2010
They are improving the rail line and the ties will be used up soon. Get over it. The woman in the picture in the paper is obviously trespassing on RR property since she is so close to the tracks. Also the RR was probably there before you were so if you have a problem maybe you should move.
tom L buffalo ny

Buffalo, NY

#4 Jun 18, 2010
Jillian wrote:
They are improving the rail line and the ties will be used up soon. Get over it. The woman in the picture in the paper is obviously trespassing on RR property since she is so close to the tracks. Also the RR was probably there before you were so if you have a problem maybe you should move.
right on
Bagdad Harry

United States

#5 Jun 18, 2010
When Ayer gets fed up...they will just move them to Shirley...
I say store them in Concord or Weston..
Get real

Prides Crossing, MA

#6 Jun 18, 2010
Jillian wrote:
They are improving the rail line and the ties will be used up soon. Get over it. The woman in the picture in the paper is obviously trespassing on RR property since she is so close to the tracks. Also the RR was probably there before you were so if you have a problem maybe you should move.
Sure... yell at the people who are concerned about their health. The Creosote soaked ties weren't there when they moved in... it was a carcinogen that was stored in their backyard. You would be the first one to complain if your next door neighbor did the same thing.

The problem with this scenario is that everyone knows they are toxic and the railroad company doesn't want to pay for proper storage so they just dump them. So what if a few kids develop breathing problems or if their developing lungs are exposed to cancer causing agents... you'll just tell the one year old to 'suck it up' or move, right? What a buffoon
greys43

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Jun 19, 2010
Come on MBTA as if you didn't know where they were going. Do you think folks are that stupid in Ayer they can't figure this out on one place finally get rid of them then next they show up in another place were folks need to live. Yes you said in a few weeks they would be gone so why don't you put them in your yard to smell them and get sick. They do have a high smell factor to them as we used Creosote to use in my black smith shop. Get real find a safer place for these folks. GOOD LUCK Ayer from Tyngsboro Ma. Try to stay healthy. Deborah
ayer votes

Boston, MA

#8 Jun 19, 2010
Lidia Riveria, is not sure if they are the same rr ties that came from Littleton,,,GIVE ME A BREAK!!
Mary

Hudson, MA

#9 Jun 19, 2010
I have lived near the railroad system my whole life and never had an issue like this before. I support everyones opinions and thank you greatly for all your feedback. Good points from both sides. I try to be well informed and have consulted with people who are in the railroad industry. I have been informed that this is not proper protocol by any means. Companies or large industries have an obligation when they are preparing for a major project of any nature to work with environment consultants and local health boards to ensure projects are done in a safe way without harming the public. We have environmental college programs all over the state that could have worked with the MBTA. I ask that all organizations, not just the MBTA, take responsibility for public safety seriously when planning major projects. Because railroads have been around for a long time does that make this situation any less of a concern? How does that change how we look at all other public health concerns? What does that say about our responsibility to look out for future generations? Do we tell our grandchildren we weren't interested in this issue because railroads have been around for a long time so even though were knew it was a problem we justified it that way? In most cases, good planning and organization saves money. Keep in mind, these railroad ties were moved over a holiday weekend which mostly likely was costly to taxpayers. The MBTA should have an obligation to maintain public safety when overseeing large changes to their transportation system and thats all that I ask of them. Yes creosote has been around for a long time but so hasn't es pestos and other known carcinogens. Perhaps a focus for the future should be to develop a useful product for railroad systems that has a safer profile. I am for the promotion of a well informed and respectful society for all parties involved. I thank everyone again for all your feedback and again good points made by all.

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