Environmental activists in East Boston have long complained about added truck traffic on McClellan Highway because of the increase in fine particulate matter.
Groups like the Chelsea Creek Action Group have advocated for a de-industrialization of heavy industry and freight forwarding operations on the Creek side of the highway which is the main thoroughfare through Eastie to Revere.
While a complete removal of industry and trucks from McClellan exists in a Utopian version of Eastie, the state is pitching in to ensure emission standards are met along this stretch of road.
Last week, the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, along with the State Police Troop A Community Action Team and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Diesel Emissions Enforcement Team, conducted a surprise commercial vehicle safety checkpoint in Eastie, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop.
Twenty state troopers split into three teams and saturated McClellan and other state roads in here and is these three other communities, seeking trucks with missing or expired inspection stickers, excessive exhaust, or obvious safety violations.
Troopers stopped the trucks and then directed them to the Suffolk Downs parking lot off Route 145 in Revere, where two DEP diesel emissions team members had set up emission testing equipment.
Troopers stopped 41 trucks during today’s operation. Troopers assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, who have specialized training, discovered 128 violations and placed 15 trucks and drivers out of service. Troopers issued fines totaling $5,005, the highest of which was a $2,005 fine for a gasoline tanker that was 29,000 pounds overweight.