The Advocate will publish next Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Vol.30, No.46 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net Free Every Friday Revere Police Announce Three Promotions 781-286-8500 Friday, November 19, 2021 Auto body shop at center of census controversy Councillor requests federal investigation By Adam Swift A uto body shops don’t typically take center stage when it comes to redrawing the voting maps after the U.S. Census every decade. But at a public hearing MonPictured, from left to right during last Friday’s morning promotion ceremony at City Hall, are Lt. Lynn Romboli’s husband, Scott; their son, Christopher; Lt. Lynn Romboli and her mother, Deborah Malatesta. See pages 8 & 9 for photo highlights. (Advocate photo by Tara Vocino) day night, questions about 67 people who appear to be living at Atlas Auto Body at 1605 North Shore Road according to census statistics threw a wrench in the redistricting process, at least temporarily. The City Council has about three weeks to approve the new map for the city, with a deadline of Dec. 15 set by the state. At last Monday night’s meeting with the council; Revere Director of Innovation Rueben Kantor laid out the map recommended by the city’s redistricting committee. With the city seeing 20 percent growth over the past decade, the biggest growth was in Ward 2. To keep the city’s six wards approximately the same size, Kantor said Ward 2 will be losing some area, while Ward 6, which had the slowest growth, will be CENSUS | SEE Page 17 An end date for ash landfill? DEP Commissioner says his agency won’t allow future expansion at Saugus site By Mark E. Vogler S tate Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Commissioner Martin Suuberg says WIN Waste Innovations won’t be able to expand the ash landfill near its trash-to-energy incinerator in Saugus under current regulations. In a letter this week to state Rep. Jeff rey Turco (D-Winthrop), Commissioner Suuberg noted that his agency’s opposition to future expansion of the landfi ll is based on its location within an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). “While an applicant is free to propose a site assignment modifi cation, and MassDEP will review the information submitted, based upon the information presently before MassDEP, the facility fails to meet the necessary site suitability criteria to allow for expansion within the ACEC and therefore would not receive a positive site suitability determination,” Suuberg wrote Turco in a letter dated Nov. 16. “Without a positive site suitability determination from MassDEP, a proposal to amend the facility’s site assignment to allow for vertical expansion would not advance to the Saugus Board of Health for consideration,” the commissioner said. WIN Waste Innovations Vice President of Environmental Affairs James Connolly issued a brief statement when contacted yesterday. “The DEP’s letter concerns procedural steps that any proposal involving expansion would need to follow, including a lengthy review by both the town and state,” Connolly said. DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE SPECIAL STATE PRIMARY THE CITY OF REVERE, MASSACHUSETTS ELECTION DEPARTMENT 281 BROADWAY REVERE, MA 02151 THE SPECIAL STATE PRIMARY IS ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021. THE POLLS OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. AND CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR SUBMIT VOTER REGISTRATION CHANGES IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021, AT 8:00 P.M. THE PLEASANT STREET ENTRANCE TO REVERE CITY HALL IS HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE. ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT THE ELECTION DEPARTMENT AT (781) 286-8200. LA FECHA LÍMITE PARA REGISTRARSE PARA LA PRIMARIA ESTATAL ESPECIAL LA CIUDAD DE REVERE, MASSACHUSETTS EL DEPARTAMENTO DE ELECCIONES 281 BROADWAY REVERE, MA 02151 LA PRIMARIA ESTATAL ESPECIAL ES MARTES, 14 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2021. LAS URNAS ABRIRÁN A LAS 7:00 A.M. Y CERRARÁN A LAS 8:00 P.M. LA FECHA LÍMITE PARA REGISTRARSE PARA VOTAR O PARA HACER CAMBIOS A SU REGISTRACIÓN DE VOTANTE ES MIÉRCOLES, 24 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2021 A LAS 8:00 P.M. LA ENTRADA POR LA CALLE PLEASANT DEL AYUNTAMIENTO DE REVERE ES ACCESIBLE PARA LAS PERSONAS DISCAPACITADAS. REGISTRACIÓN DE VOTANTE EN LÍNEA ESTÁ DISPONIBLE EN https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr . SI TIENE ALGUNA PREGUNTA, LLAME AL DEPARTAMENTO DE ELECCIONES AL (781) 286-8200. “We have no such proposal and are currently focused on working with the landfi ll committee to explore ways in which we can continue providing environmental and economic benefi ts to the town,” he said. Suuberg stressed that his letter as requested by Turco “represents MassDEP’s position on any potential future expansion of the ash landfi ll.” MassDEP issued a solid waste major modification permit to WIN Waste Innovations (formerly Wheelabrator Saugus) on April 9, 2018,which allowed additional disposal capacity while keeping the peak elevation of the landfi ll at 50 feet above mean sea level. Connolly said earlier this year that the ash landfi ll has the caLANDFILL | SEE Page 15

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