Fact Sheet on Mystic Station Settlement - Earhart Dam Bike Path Project
Fact Sheet on Mystic Station Settlement –
Earhart Dam Bike Path Project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice have settled a case with the Mystic Station power plant in Everett stemming from air quality violations over a five-year period. Plant owner Exelon Mystic, LLC has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and fund more than $5 million of environmental projects in the Boston area. In one of these projects, Exelon will spend $250,000 to build a commuter bike path link over the Amelia Earhart Dam on the Mystic River. The project will connect Everett and Somerville and link several existing and planned bike paths in the greater Boston area.
· Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation owns and operates the Amelia Earhart Dam, and will help implement the project (contact Dan Driscoll, 617-727-9693, x5268)
· New path will provide critical bike and foot traffic link across the Mystic River; will make Sullivan Square and Wellington T stations more accessible for bike commuters; will connect Everett’s Gateway Plaza developments with Somerville’s Assembly Square and Draw Seven Park; and will connect current bike paths in Somerville with proposed Bike-to-the-Sea path in Everett
· Project will encourage commuter bike traffic on metropolitan area bike paths, thereby reducing air pollutants from automobile exhaust.
· Earhart Dam bike path has been advocated by many local interest groups such as MassBike, contact Bryce Nesbitt at 617-542-BIKE; Mystic Crossing, contact Patrick Johnston at 617-905-3747; and the Mystic River Watershed Association, contact Janet Kovner at 781-316-3438
· Design work will begin by June 1, 2004, and will be completed within one year
· Bike path will be completed and open to public by June 1, 2006Ofc. Patrick Johnston
Everett Police Marine Unit