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Long Island bridge goes kaboom

Brad Tatum videoed the contractor's explosion that took out three segments of the Long Island bridge around 11 a.m.

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Virgil, quick come see, there goes the Robert E., no, wait, that's the Long Island bridge

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I'm sure all the lead paint flakes will do wonders for the health of the sea life and those which consume it.

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How much filter-feeding bottom-feeding sea life is harvested from Boston Harbor? Would you eat it?

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....you're not already?
(Assuming you don't abstain from all bottom feeders already.)

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...but in fact, I don't eat shellfish unless the person selling/serving it will tell me the source. If they're lying, that's another matter.

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that's been flaking off the bridge for decades, right?

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true dat. Also they have (for what it's worth) the booms out there with presumably the sediment curtains hanging down off of them, to help contain debris from the demo. There's more than enough ka-ka-doo out there to worry about that the bridge is probably not that huge of a concern, relatively speaking.

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When the old elevated expressway bridge was demolished over the Charles River it had to be tented to remove all contaminated paint first to keep it out of the waterway. Same for the work on the Longfellow and Tobin bridges.

So why does this bridge get super special permission to endanger workers and the environment?

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with the booms in the water around the bridge.

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Publicly available, too!

http://www.env.state.ma.us/mepa/mepadocs/2014/010715em/nps/enf/15308ENF.pdf

Try reading this before commenting further. It isn't as if they snuck corporate ninjas in to blow it up without any oversight or permitting (like ninjas would!).

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Im kinda surprised they let it sink into the ocean.

Anyone know if this is going removed or just left there?

(no I didn't watch the video.. I can't watch youtube videos due to the way I view this website via my home computer)

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That's what Boston's own Richard Scarry would have done anyways...

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They have silt booms out, hopefully they catch most of the junk. People clam all over Quincy and commercial lobstermen have traps all over the harbor. If you are eating lobster in Boston, it very well may be from the harbor.

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Its times like this I'm glad I don't like much seafood (yes I'm weird like that as a native new englander!)..

I'm sorry.. but EW. I know the harbor has cleaned up a lot and it is safe to eat now but I just can't stop thinking about that discharge pipe that runs from Deer Island deep into the harbor............barf.

(yes I know its seldom used anymore but still, we pumped sewage and sludge into the harbor for decades prior.... just ew)

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There are some people at Marina Bay that keep traps at their slips in the marina. If you are familiar w/ Marina Bay; there is a large break wall enclosing most of the marina. Not to mention; some of the boats are directly depositing waste into the water. So nasty.

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You mean the pipe that goes 9.5 miles out into Mass Bay from Deer Island? You're worried about that?

The harbor is clean enough to swim in 90% of the time and when it's not, it's due to heavy rainfall washing dog turds into the water, along with whatever else we've all put on the streets.

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More than silt booms - this is a trench, and the water is being monitored for suspended silt.

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Silt booms are out now to collect the junk. There is no trench yet. It will be monitored when they begin working on the trench. I'm sure that will take a bit, they have a lot to clean up.

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I went under the bridge last summer on my boat and I can tell you there wasn't any paint left on this bridge.

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There is reference to this rehab and abatement in the environmental impact filing - although they still say that there is lead paint and asbestos (due to the utility lines) to contend with.

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If you were going under as a car was going over the bridge, you could get some rust in the eyes. No paint chips though.

*Edit: Not actually a car but, MBTA buses filled to maximum capacity.

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