A three-year battle over a plan to build an asphalt plant in South Bay ended yesterday, as the state Senate overrode a veto by Gov. William F. Weld that would have salvaged the project.
The plant had drawn opposition from a coalition of activists in Roxbury, Dorchester, South Boston and the South End, neighborhoods that already suffer from elevated rates of respiratory ailments and other illnesses linked to pollution. It also prompted scrutiny of the asphalt industry in Massachusetts, which some believe has inflated prices through private agreements limiting competition.
No debate preceded the Senate vote of 31-5, which came a week after the House similarly overrode the governor's veto. The plant is effectively banned by a provision in a state bond bill, sponsored by Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-South Boston), which prohibits building the plant within a half-mile radius of the Suffolk County House of Correction.
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