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Taxpayers left with bill to clean toxins, asbestos at future WRTA home

Full and original article posted on Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — In December 2012, Worcester Regional Transit Authority Administrator Stephen F. O’Neil told his board he didn’t know how much it would cost to rid toxic waste from land being eyed as a new home for the region’s bus fleet.

“We know it will be bad, but how bad is the issue,” he said.

His prescient observation was posited two years before the authority decided to buy land on Quinsigamond Avenue on which to build a garage and maintenance building. Executive session minutes from the 2012 meeting where he made the comment were obtained by the Telegram & Gazette in a public records request.

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