May 15, 2008
This Monday, May 19, marks the beginning of the Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing on the fossil fuel power plant proposed for Brockton. The facility would be a 350 megawatt plant burning natural gas and low-sulfur diesel fuel (up to 60 days per year) and is sited in an environmental justice community that is already overburdened with poor air quality, many environmental burdens, and high rates of childhood asthma.
Community residents are opposing the plant for the significant harm it would bring to their neighborhoods. ACE Legal Counsel Eugene Benson and MEJAN Counsel Sidra Vitale are representing them.
The hearings are an important next step in the administrative process, which also includes Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act review and permitting requirements. Residents and experts will be testifying about environmental, public health, and environmental justice reasons why the plant should not be built in Brockton. The hearings are open to the public, and if you are interested in attending in support of the residents and their opposition, check out the event on ACE’s calendar for more details.