A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.
Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law. Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.
Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won’t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year.. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
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.