Targeting what they claim are the largest air polluters in Massachusetts, activists announced a campaign today to shut down coal burning power plants. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Close to 50 environmental, public health, faith based and community groups make up a new state-wide coalition called “ Coal Free Massachusetts” The activists staged coordinated events Wednesday in the three communities where large coal-burning power plants still operate to call for each to be shut down by the end of the decade.
The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts. Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
An advisory committee made up of Holyoke residents and appointed officials including members of the Conservation Commission and Redevelopment Authority will explore alternative uses for the Mount Tom Power Plant.