Environmentalists are hailing a decision to shut down the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. Owners of the coal-fired plant filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the grid by 2017.
Federal regulators have called it the heaviest polluter in Massachusetts. Environmentalists have decried the carcinogens that pour from its smokestacks. Now, the Brayton Point Power Station on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border is closing, according to papers filed by its owner, Energy Capital Partners.
The Conservation Law Foundation has been working years to shut it down. But the Foundation’s Jonathan Peress said its imminent closure is no cause for celebration.
"I don’t know that I’m happy about it. There are consequences to any closure of this nature with respect to employees, the affected community and otherwise," said Peress. "I do feel on behalf of CLF somewhat vindicated by it but not happy about it."
Peress says the closure proves coal fired energy is no longer economically viable.
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