Every year the Salem Harbor Station is responsible for:
36 Heart Attacks
310 Asthma Attacks
What you need to know about coal and the Salem Harbor Station
The Salem Harbor coal-fired power plant has been operating since 1951.1 For 60 years, the plant has been a major source of air pollution and toxic coal ash. It has contributed to hundreds of premature deaths, heart attacks, and asthma attacks for years. However, a new day has dawned in Salem.
As a result of communities throughout the North Shore and across Massachusetts standing up for their fundamental right to breathe clean air, the Salem Harbor Coal Plant will be ceasing all operations by 2014.2The struggle against this plant represents years of hard work by local activists, organizations, and political leaders. The closure of this coal plant is a victory for our health and the health of our children, and it would not have been possible without communities coming together to take control of their future. The community of Salem is a shining example for other communities around the country of how determined activism can create real change. Click here to find out more about this plant...
Massachusetts has led the way in moving toward a coal free future.
Once Salem Harbor Station closes in 2014, only two plants will remain that burn coal to generate the Bay State’s electricity: Mt Tom in Holyoke and Brayton Point in Somerset. With projects like Cape Wind and other off shore wind projects moving forward, it is time that Governor Patrick and his administration put forward a plan to retire these last plants and make Massachusetts an example for the rest of the country