TLA-Holbrook LLC Solid Waste Transfer Station, Holbrook

TLA-Holbrook LLC has proposed a 1,000 ton per day truck and rail haul transfer station on 14.85 acres of industrial park land.

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Project Overview

The solid waste handling facility is proposed for 3 and 6 Phillips Road in Holbrook. The 3 Phillips Road property is owned by the Town of Holbrook and leased to TLA-Holbrook LLC.

Part of that parcel is a former chemical plant and is a state-listed Tier 2 disposal site assigned MassDEP Release Tracking Number (RTN) 4-3024519, which will be remediated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000) as part of the site redevelopment. 

In January 2013, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was not required for the TLA-Holbrook LLC project.

Before it can proceed with its plans, TLA-Holbrook LLC needs to obtain three sequential approvals from the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP): 

  • Site Suitability Determination
  • Authorization to Construct Permit
  • Transfer Station Certification (30 days before commencing operations)

Latest Information

After holding a series of public hearings on the transfer station proposal, the Holbrook Board of Health granted the site assignment sought by TLA-Holbrook on November 8, 2017.

The Town of Randolph and the Randolph Board of Health appealed this decision to the Superior Court Department of the Trial Court on December 14, 2017. Randolph's appeal is still pending.

    2017 Proposal

    Date Action
    April 25, 2017 TLA-Holbrook submits correspondence withdrawing its June 18, 2014, Site Suitability Application and submits a new application with a revised facility design.
    May 18, 2017 Upon review of the information, MassDEP on , issues a Notice of Administrative Completeness, requiring public notice and a public comment period on the new application.
    July 3, 2017 21-day public comment period ends.
    July 24 & 25, 2017 TLA Holbrook responds to comments.
    August 11, 2017 MassDEP completes its review of the application, public comments, and the response to comments, and makes its determination of site suitability under the authority of M.G.L. c.111, ss.150A and 150A½, as amended, and 310 CMR 16.00. MassDEP determines that the proponent has submitted sufficient information and the Site meets all applicable suitability criteria for the proposed use.
    September 11, 2017 The Holbrook Board of Health holds a public hearing for the purpose of deciding whether to grant or refuse a site assignment for the parcels of property proposed by TLA Holbrook to be site assigned.
    November 8, 2017 After holding a series of public hearings on the transfer station proposal, the Holbrook Board of Health granted the site assignment sought by TLA-Holbrook.
    December 14, 2017 The Town of Randolph and its Board of Health appealed the Holbrook Board of Health's decision to the Superior Court Department of the Trial Court.

    Additional Resources for 2017 Proposal

    Withdrawn 2014 Permit Application

    Date Action
    June 18, 2014 TLA-Holbrook submits a permit application containing a Site Suitability Report for a New Site Assignment to MassDEP, which subsequently reviews the submittal and issues a Determination of Administrative Incompleteness, requesting additional information. 
    May 21, 2015 TLA-Holbrook provides supplemental information and MassDEP issues a Determination of Administrative Completeness. The agency conducts a public comment period on the proposal.
    July 20, 2015 21-day public comment period ends.
    September 10, 2015 MassDEP issues a Negative Report on Site Suitability to the proponents and the Holbrook Board of Health.
    September 24, 2015 TLA-Holbrook files motions for MassDEP to reconsider its Negative Report and reopen the public record.
    October 9, 2015 MassDEP issues a response to the company's motions and reopens the public record. 
    January 29, 2016 MassDEP issued a second Negative Report on Suitability.
    February 12, 2016 TLA-Holbrook files a second motion for reconsideration.
    April 25, 2017 TLA-Holbrook files a motion to withdraw the original application and submit a new application with a revised facility design.

    Additional Resources for Withdrawn 2014 Permit Application

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