HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A new group is hoping that it can help make the air quality in Massachusetts better, by eliminating one of the fossil fuels used to provide power.
" Coal Free Massachusetts," a new coalition formed by local environmental groups, wants to phase out the fuel in the Bay State by 2020.
One part of the coalition met in Holyoke on Wednesday, while others met in Somerset in southeastern Massachusetts and Salem on the North Shore. Those three communities each have a coal-burning power plant in them. Holyoke's plant is in Mount Tom.
The groups are trying to put pressure on the state to do more to restrict coal pollution and eventually stop using coal-powered energy entirely.
Kim Finch, a member of the Sierra Club and an asthma sufferer, told 22News what she would like to see replace coal energy.
"I'd like to see something to do with wind or solar or even geothermal; something like that. We could see manufacturing or even generation at that plant to transition from the coal plant into a clean energy economy," Finch said.
Coal Free Massachusetts is pushing the Mt. Tom coal plant to conform to tougher pollution restrictions.
22News contacted Texas-based GDF-Suez, which is the company that owns the Mt. Tom coal plant, but they have not returned a request for comment.