Petition to Oppose Parallel Products Project in New Bedford

Parallel Products of New England wants to build a massive sewage and trash plant in the Business Park, next to a residential community. Sludge and municipal solid waste (MSW) from other cities would be delivered 24 hours/day, 7 days/week via industrial trucks, amounting to approximately 400+ trips per day. According to the Conservation Law Foundation, MSW can contain dangerous substances, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, radioactive materials, and pharmaceuticals, and these sites affect water quality, air quality, produce smoke & dust, and create pest infestations.

Parallel is also planning to build a rail system through their property to accommodate shipments of more waste materials. The odors, noise, pests and increased traffic in an already congested area caused by this facility will negatively impact the value of properties and lives, posing an unacceptable risk and nuisance to the local residents and surrounding communities.

The City of New Bedford has long suffered from numerous hazardous waste sites and its residents have born a large brunt of the health impacts as a result. The city is already the 6th most overburdened town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with Ecological Hazards. For the safety, security, and well-being of the citizens of our communities, we oppose this project in our city. It’s time to start prioritizing people and the planet over pollution and profits.