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Study Begins On Reuse Of Mt. Tom Power Plant Site


The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts.

Mount Tom Station in Holyoke, which had generated electricity only sporadically in recent years, is to shut down for good this month.  Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center said her agency is funding a $100,000 study to look at possible reuses for the plant site.

" This is really going to be a community-led  process. What we hope to do is bring a set of additional expertise and information to that conversation."

The owner of Mount Tom Station GDF SUEZ, which announced the closing back in June, has not said what it plans to do with property.  Environmentalist long criticized Mount Tom for polluting the air and contaminating the Connecticut River.

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