Demolition Man Sleeps with Politicos

This is the beginning of a case study of William J. Thibeault, president of Great Northern Demolition Corporation, Wood Waste of Boston, and New Ventures Associates LLC, all listed as conducting business at 85 Boston Road in Everett, Massachusetts.

Great Northern Demolition, for which there is little online data, allegedly sends construction and demolition debris to Wood Waste, a recycling center, and portions of the debris are then trucked some 30 miles away to Newburyport’s former municipal solid waste landfill on Crow Lane.

As the following data and commentary will show, Thibeault is a shrewd businessman.

Some might call him a dirty, rotten scoundrel.

Let’s start with the facts:

  • Thibeault and his Wood Waste facility was recently served by the EPA with a $157,000 civil penalty for violating the U.S. Clean Water Act.The EPA charged him with failure of possession of a permit for pollutant discharge into a Mystic River tributary from 1999 to 2006.
  • He proposes “massive” development of a 32-acre Everett property, according to a DEP biased story written by Boston Globe reporter Kay Lazar.As a prerequisite to the DEP approving any Everett development, Lazar writes that Newburyport officials must sign an agreement to double the amount of C&D; debris to be dumped into the landfill.

    (C&D; debris contains gypsum dust which is the source of an aerial compound called hydrogen sulfide that smells like rotten eggs and is the scientific cause of hundreds of Everett and Newburyport residents who whiff it and get bloody noses, blurry vision, and headaches.)

    New Ventures took over the Crow Lane Landfill in 2000 and many residents think it is incredible that New Ventures and the DEP expect to finalize capping before the end of 2008.

    Some say Lazar may have been pressured to write it.

  • According to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance, it is worth noting that Thibeault contributed $300 to Everett state senator Anthony Galluccio in August 2007 and $250 to Massachusetts State Treasurer Timothy Cahill in October 2007.In December 2007, he contributed $500 to the campaign of Ann-Margaret Ferrante, who is running to contest state Rep. Tony Verga for the 5th Essex district.
  • Thibeault’s sister, Della Thibeault, contributed $500 to Middlesex Sheriff James DiPaola in September 2007.
  • The plot thickens with this campaign video from Carlo DeMaria who was elected to mayor last fall.About one-quarter into the video, DeMaria says there is a “possible developer who has the money and the resources” to build a 30-plus-acre site “on lower Broadway” to include a marina, condos, and office space.

    Back in the Globe story from last week is the sentence, DeMaria said Thibeault’s lawyers also confirmed that his client is negotiating to buy a 32-acre parcel on lower Broadway…

  • The final pawn is Anthony Rossi, an Everett attorney, who contributed $450 to DeMaria’s then-alderman campaign on two days in early 2002.Rossi is also one of Thibeault’s attorneys.

Politics makes strange bedfellows

and I don’t believe in coincidences.

I grant you that campaign contributions may be insignificant in the greater scheme of things. But if you were an elected official (or campaigning to be one) and a representative of big business contributed you several hundred dollars, wouldn’t you want to help out where you can?

There needs to be greater accountability. But with the incestuous relationships I’ve tried to illustrate above, how can anything positive happen? Will the day come, sooner than later, when volatile aerial chemicals are a story of the past?

Everett wants to gain jobs and a large construction project can be that impetus. Newburyport wants to cap its long-overdue landfill. I don’t know what Thibeault wants other than to cause mischief.

For background on Thibeault and Wood Waste, look at the Everett Average Citizen, an online forum, with applicable comment threads here and here (the latter link being the most recent).

Newburyport blogger and recent landfill activist, Gillian Swart, maintains an updated repository of related reporting on the New Ventures connection to the Crow Lane Landfill.

Please post a comment below if there is any information that is missing or needs to be corrected.