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Public Forum Held on the Future of the Mt. Tom Coal Plant

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Tonight people in Holyoke had a chance to discuss the future of the Mount Tom Coal Plant.

The Action for a Healthy Holyoke Coalition hosted the forum which featured a panel of community members, elected officials and the mayor.

The plant recently announced plans to withdraw from the forward capacity market by 2017.

The panel discussed the future of the plant and its workers.

Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Group, Adrian Dahlin told us, “It’s a major tax payer that is not financially viable will be shutting down at some point, so we need to have a plan for recouping the tax revenue and replacing the jobs.  It really needs to be considered as part of an economic plan for the city.”

The Group Action for a Healthy Holyoke Coalition wants to speed up the retirement of the coal plant, clean-up the site and bring good jobs to the community.

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