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Boston Harbor's Murky Political Waters

Eric J. Dolin
13 pp.
MITSG 92-20J

Boston Harbor is one of the most polluted harbors in the United States. Only recently have adequate steps been taken to control pollution and start down the road toward a clean harbor. But these efforts, which include constructing the second-largest sewage treatment plant in the country and spending somewhere between $6 billion and $8 billion, must overcome a variety of political, financial, and technical obstacles. Moreoever, even if those obstacles are overcome, Boston Harbor will still be polluted, and the complicated question of 'How clean is clean?' will arise. This report is a comprehensive history of the political climate and events surrounding the Boston Harbor cleanup, from the late 19th century, though the building of the first sewage treatment plants, to today's controversy about the siting of the outfall pipe.

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