Boston Horror

Clean it up, a judge demands

After more than a year of pleas, threats, deadlines and back-room bargaining with the Massachusetts state legislature, Superior Court Judge Paul Garrity decided enough was enough. Last week the judge took drastic steps to force the legislature to clean up polluted, malodorous Boston Harbor or risk ending a $500 million-a-year building boom in the Boston metropolitan area. Garrity declared a moratorium on almost all new developments that would be connected to the ancient sewer system that serves Boston and 42 other cities and towns. The order covers all building applications dating back to June 13,1983.

Garrity will...

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