Letter: Economic development can’t come at the expense of residents

To the editor,

This letter is in response to the article “A matter of when, not if for Naugatuck Port” (Citizen’s News, Dec. 6, 2018.)

Putting the proposed port in the “mostly-vacant 86.5 acre parcel” leaves out significant numbers of houses nearby that would be impacted very negatively. Excessive noise and air pollution from train diesel and truck engines is a given. Most of the disruptive and unhealthy activity would be happening in the middle of the night.

Pan Am Railroad, included as a partner in the enterprise, has a poor environmental record.

When any future public meeting on the port hub takes place, residents can express opposition with the plan. Economic development is important but not at the expense of Naugatuck residents.

Paul Kostes