Newton Resident, Nathan Phillips, launches hunger strike to call attention to public health and safety violations at the site of the Weymouth Compressor Station

Newton resident, BU professor, environmental activist, and friend, Nathan Phillips, began a hunger strike this past Wednesday, January 29th, to call attention to serious public health and safety violations occurring at the site of the ill-conceived Weymouth Compressor station. Nathan describes his concerns in a personal statement regarding the violations which he believes threatens the health of residents of the Fore River Basin and along routes across the Commonwealth and beyond. Mothers Out Front, sent an email this week asking for folks to support Nathan and

…elevate the cause he has bravely embraced by making phone calls, tweeting, posting and messaging at the two men in our state who have the power to act on Nathan’s – and our – demand that the law be obeyed at the Weymouth Compressor station. So far they have refused to do so. We are hoping to get as many calls and tweets to Governor Baker and the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Suuberg as we can over the weekend – so they find their boxes full on Monday morning!  We will continue these actions on Monday when they are back at work as well. 

Nathan is doing well. getting lots of support and caretaking, so the best way you can help is to amplify the message of his hunger strike and reach out directly to Governor Baker and the Depa,tment of Environmental Protection Commissioner Suuberg to meet Nathan’s three demands!   

For CALLS: Please call Gov. Baker’s office 617-725-4005 and DEP Commissioner Suuberg’s office 617-292-5500, and say, “I am calling to urge you to meet the three demands that will allow the ongoing hunger strike of Nathan Phillips to end.”  

The demands are: 

1. All dump trucks leaving the site abide by the decontamination measures outlined on page 27 of the Release Abatement Measures plan of November 25, 2019, which require a decontamination pad/station and other measures to clean tires and exterior vehicle surfaces of site residue. 

2. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection commences comprehensive testing for asbestos in furnace bricks and in the coal ash matrix, across and throughout the vertical profile of the North Parcel.  

3. The Baker administration commits to a date certain, no later than two weeks from today, for the installation and operation of an air quality monitor as Governor Baker pledged action on ‘within a couple of days’ on Radio Boston on January 23, 2020. 

FYI: Suuberg’s extension for messages is: #71098 

On TWITTER: Use this Hashtag:#Hunger4JusticeMA 

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