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Limitations Seen In Power Plant Reuse

The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts continues to discuss possible reuses for the Mount Tom Station, the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts.

A large scale redevelopment that could replace the jobs and property tax dollars lost when the plant closed last year is not realistic, according to the city’s director of planning and economic development Marcos Marrero. 

He said the property is in a flood plain, is contaminated with coal ash, is home to some rare species, and access is limited by an active rail line.

" Those things inform and limit the types of uses that can be there or the magnitude of the use that can be there," he said.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is funding a $100,000 reuse study.  The third in a series of community meetings was scheduled Thursday. A final report is expected by this fall.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.