MassDot will officially blow a 2014 deadline to offset Big Dig environmental impacts after delaying the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford.
To comply with the Clean Air Act and avoid a lawsuit from the Conservation Law Foundation, MassDOT must implement an alternative air-quality improvement plan. It mentioned retrofitting diesel trains as one possible plan.
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“MassDOT will continue to work with the Department of Environmental Protection and the public over the next several months to develop appropriate air-quality mitigation that is required to accommodate the delay,” MassDOT spokes-man Adam Hurtubise said in a statement.