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Location: 10 Collins Avenue, Plymouth, MA

  • Owner:  Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Spencer Plymouth Realty LLC-Northeast Traffic Controls; trucking company: G.Lopes Construction, Inc.-The Lopes Companies LLC.

  • Volume of Earth: 571,838 Cubic Yards estimated; 600,000 cubic yards permitted by the Town

  • Permit: Yes, Plymouth Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Read about this here. The group CLWC has filed two requests for enforcement of the Zoning Bylaw on earth removal with the Town’s Director of Inspectional Services. In January 2023, witnesses documented violations of the truck limit. The Director refused enforcement. 

  • Area Impacted: 14 Acres

  • Claimed Reason for Mining: site preparation for a manufacturing facility

  • Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer: Yes. As of July 2023 there is a large area of open water on the site indicating mining into the aquifer. The site is within about 3,000 to 3,500 feet of the Zone IIs for the Town of Kingston and Town of Plymouth municipal wells

  • Wetlands and Waterways: Unknown

  • Archaeological Impacts: Unknown

  • Environmental Justice Population: Yes (Income)

  • Ecosystem: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP), BioMap

  • Public Subsidies: It appears sand and gravel is being taken from land owned by the state, depriving the state of revenue.

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At a ZBA hearing by CLWC seeking enforcement of the zoning bylaw to stop this project, a member of the Selectboard spoke at the public hearing in support of the mining operator. The Selectboard member is now chair of the Selectboard, which appoints the member of the ZBA. The state conflict of interest law prohibits public officials from advocating for private businesses. More information available on request:

Location: Armstrong Road, Plymouth Industrial Park,
Plymouth, MA

  • Owner:  Potentially- Atlantic Properties

  • Volume of Earth Removed: 550,000 Cubic Yards

  • Permit: Appears to be Zoning Board of Appeals earth removal permit Case No. 3058 issued to Henry A. Stout on November 7, 2001 for 550,000 cubic yards.

  • Area Impacted: Unknown. Topography was approximately a 200 foot hill. 

  • Claimed Reason for Mining: Business Park

  • Water Supply: Near Zone II of Town of Plymouth municipal water supply well. See image below.

  • Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer: Yes

  • Wetlands and Waterways: Unknown 

  • Archaeological Impacts: Unknown

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