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“The asthma rate in Holyoke is twice the state aerage an! my wife s"ffers from terri#le
asthma herself$% sai! Carlos Ro!rig"e& a comm"nity lea!er in Action for a Healthy Holyoke$
“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 lea!er 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 "n!ergro"n!$% sai!
,o# -riffin$ a mem#er of Action for a Healthy Holyoke an! resi!ent 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 lea!er. 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 3ea!er 4im /inch.
5ane An!resen$ 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 re.inenting Holyoke$% chime! in Claire Miller$ MA State
)irector with To1ics Action Center$ “working si!e #y si!e with comm"nities like Holyoke
across 2ew :nglan!. its clear to me that a clos"re anno"ncement is only the #eginning.
Thank goo!ness last week Holyoke iss"e! the re;"est for 'ro'osals to st"!y re."se o'tions.%
(n <7=<$ at the re;"est of AHH!$ the city of Holyoke a''ointe! a Comm"nity A!isory
-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 re!eelo'ment st"!y of the coal
#"rning 'ower 'lant site.
“The resi!ents of the Pioneer >alley will #e a#le to #reathe easier once this o"t.!ate! coal
'lant closes its !oors for goo!$% sai! Shanna Cleelan!$ Senior Attorney at Conseration
3aw /o"n!ation an! mem#er of AHH!$ “The Mt. Tom coal 'lant ha! a history of air an!
water 'oll"tion iolations$ an! the clos"re of this 'lant o'ens the !oor for a cleaner f"t"re for
Holyoke an! the s"rro"n!ing areas.%
The gro"' says it*s critical that the com'any works with em'loyees an! their "nions on a
fair an! 0"st transition 'lan that honors the workers* contract an! treats them with !ignity
an! res'ect. Right now there are <? em'loyees at the Mt. Tom Coal 'lant.
Action for a Healthy Holyoke AAHHB which incl"!es 2eigh#or to 2eigh#or$ 2"estras Raices$
To1ics Action Center$ Sierra Cl"#$ Conseration 3aw /o"n!ation$ Holyoke /oo! an! /itness
Policy Co"ncil$ Region = of the Massach"setts 2"rses* Association$ Holyoke M"nici'al
:m'loyees of S:(9 ???$ 9nite! A"to +orkers <C<<$ Arise for Social 5"stice$ an! +estern
Massach"setts 5o#s with 5"stice.
Background: The Mt. Tom coal 'lant$ which is locate! on the Connectic"t Rier in war! D
in Holyoke has #een in o'eration since =EF7. The 'lant is owne! #y -)/.S"e&$ the worl!*s
largest "tility$ hea!;"artere! in Paris$ /rance.