Press Statement of ¡Action for a Healthy Holyoke! Re: Closing of Mt. Tom
One major step, several more to go
“The asthma rate in Holyoke is twice the state aerage an my wife s"ffers from terri#le asthma herself$% sai Carlos Rorig"e& a comm"nity leaer in Action for a Healthy Holyoke$ “so$ while we are ery gla to know o"r air will #e cleaner$ res'onsi#le retirement also means working with o"r comm"nity an the workers for clean "' an transition.%“( am 'lease$ es'ecially since we hae hear some news that there may #e solar 'ower #"ilt there. ( am also nero"s a#o"t the contamination in the gro"n$% sai Carmelo )ia&$ a comm"nity leaer in Action for a Healthy Holyoke$ “#ack in P"erto Rico (*e seen a coal 'lant that close witho"t cleaning "' its mess.%“( am concerne to hear from the com'any what the timeline for a clean "' will #e an what their ision of the f"t"re will #e. +hen ( was at the 'lant$ ( was so oerwhelme #y the immensity of the steel an the whole 'lant$ not to mention the ash that is "nergro"n$% sai ,o# -riffin$
a mem#er of Action for a Healthy Holyoke an resient of Holyoke$ “The clean"' sho"l not #e taken lightly. So if the anno"ncement from -)/S"e& is 0"st that they are closing own$ in terms of not #"rning coal$ we*re waiting to hear what their ne1t ste's will #e.%
“This is a relief for families who hae s"ffere from the im'acts of irty air from this 'lant for far too long. (t*s a testament to the 'ower of comm"nity organi&ing an a strong ste' on Massach"setts* 'ath to #e a clean energy leaer. 2ow$ we will contin"e to work with -oernor Patrick an -)/S"e& to ens"re the com'any treats their workers with ignity an res'ect$ honors their "nion contract an s"''orts the comm"nity in the transition.% Sierra Cl"# Team 3eaer 4im /inch.5ane Anresen$ a mem#er of Action for a Healthy Holyoke$ says$ “altho"gh this is fantastic news for o"r comm"nity an o"r enironment$ ( am ery intereste in hearing how -)/S"e& 'lans to eal with the site clean"' an$ in 'artic"lar$ the tons of coal ash that hae #een "m'e on the site oer the years. (t is estimate that coal ash is res'onsi#le for 678 of the 'oll"tion in 9.S. waterways. 9nless it is remoe$ the coal ash on the Mt. Tom site will contin"e to fin its way into o"r rier.“2ow #egins the real work of reinenting Holyoke$% chime in Claire Miller$ MA State )irector with To1ics Action Center$ “working sie #y sie with comm"nities like Holyoke across 2ew nglan its clear to me that a clos"re anno"ncement is only the #eginning. Thank gooness last week Holyoke iss"e the re;"est for 'ro'osals to st"y re"se o'tions.%(n <7=<$
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the city of Holyoke a''ointe a Comm"nity Aisory -ro"' to 'lan ahea for s"ch a sit"ation. This winter$ the city of Holyoke was allocate reso"rces #y the state of Massach"setts to con"ct a reeelo'ment st"y of the coal #"rning 'ower 'lant site.