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DEVENS — It’s the first time it’s happened, as far as William Marshall recalls. The Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) chairman cast the deciding “yes” vote on a historic 6-5 split decision to amend the Long Term Monitoring Protocol (Protocol) drafted by Evergreen Solar and accepted by the Commission in December.

The sharp division in opinion between the DEC commissioners is something Marshall says he’s never seen over the course of his 15 years aboard the one-stop Devens land-use permitting authority. Marshall’s been on the commission since its inception in June 22, 1995.

— Mary E. Arata