MBTA requests opinion on need for further environmental review at College Ave. Station
The MBTA has asked the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to determine whether additional environmental review is needed for the College Avenue Station on the Green Line Extension, due to the addition of a Tufts University academic building being planned adjacent to the station.
In its June 30 Request for an Advisory Opinion from the EEA, the MBTA said it feels the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project does not require additional environmental review, because the changes do not result in additional or different environmental impacts of the GLX. Those impacts, and associated mitigation measures, were described in the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report, which the EEA office certified in June 2010.
The EEA Secretary will determine whether the MBTA must make an additional filing under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act to address the potential impacts and mitigation resulting from the addition of the Tufts building to the scope of the project, including land transfers.
The MBTA has also asked the EEA to hold a public comment period on its Request for an Advisory Opinion, which is not required but may be conducted at the Secretary’s discretion.
If the Secretary concurs, the public comment period would take place from July 8 through July 28, with the Secretary issuing an advisory opinion within 20 days of the close of that comment period.
The MBTA’s Request for an Advisory Opinion letter is available on the project website.