“We have a fundamental responsibility to protect the taxpayers,” Fitzgerald said. “Good people are being asked to pay for the contamination caused by the responsible parties that are now cleaning up the site.”
Fitzgerald said he hopes the Supreme Court will rule on the decision, not only to help Plaistow, but to set a state precedent.
“This could mean that any parcel of property that is contaminated is worth $100,” Fitzgerald said. “But, any community that is working to try to address the re-use of those properties, should really get a fair share for the taxpayers, given the incredible burdens that these companies have put on them.”
Clean-up of the Beede site began recently with the first truckloads of soil being removed from the site last month. The group is hoping to finish cleanup for the site by 2016.