Environmental Justice

The Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke had been contaminating our air and water for over 50 years. In 2014, Neighbor to Neighbor members won our campaign to close the dirty plant and move toward healthy, sustainable energy.  Now, with 40,000 tons of toxic coal ash and contamination having seeped into our water and farmlands from the smokestack, we continue our fight to ensure a thorough clean-up of the site and to bring renewable energy and sustainable jobs to Holyoke, one of the cities with the highest rates of unemployment in the state. In 2015, our Holyoke chapter is bringing our grassroots power to oversee this process and calling for increased renewable energy across the state.