Firm Activities

John Shea attended the VIP Grand Opening Celebration of the Artis Senior Living of Lexington Memory Care Community.  Artis purchased the property from an old Yankee farmer who believed he could do absolutely anything to or on his land, irrespective of zoning and environmental laws.  Consequently, from 1982 to 2011, he filled acres of wetlands, riverfront area and buffer zone, and contaminated the groundwater.  John led the Artis team of a wetland expert, a Licensed Site Professional, and engineers to restore and remediate the property under an Administrative Consent Order with MassDEP.  The facility and grounds are beautiful.  Artis provides state-of-the-art care for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Individual living quarters are grouped into four houses with distinct homelike entries, dining rooms and open kitchen, centered on a Neighborhood Square featuring amenities to enable social engagement and emotional connection.

Tom Mackie and John Shea have updated their chapters on Solid Waste Law and Hazardous Waste Cleanup Law to the MCLE treatise Massachusetts Environmental law.

In December, Tom manned the Keep Massachusetts Beautiful booth at the annual Massachusetts Municipal Association conference along with fellow Board Members Steve Changaris and Neil Rhein.

In January, for the third year running, Tom moderated EBC’s Evening with then EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. 

At MassRecycle’s March R3 Summit, Tom moderated a panel of experts on Contracting from Both Sides of the Equation, which provided invaluable insight into contracting for recyclables processing by municipalities and private haulers in the wake of China’s National Sword ban on recyclable imports.

Peter Durning moderated a panel on wood waste at the EBC’s C&D Summit in January.

At SWANA’s February Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Summit, Tom presented on developments on the EPR front in the context of the Massachusetts solid waste market.