Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Jersey firm makes bid for Salem power plant

Feb 08, 2012
By Sarah Thomas and Amy Saltzman
An energy company has made a bid for Salem Harbor Station, the coal- and oil-fired power plant currently owned by Dominion and scheduled for shutdown in 2014. Read more.

Court settlement with Salem power plant ends city’s coal era

February 7, 2012

By Tom Dalton
Staff writer Salem Evening News

SALEM — A federal court settlement announced yesterday between Dominion Energy Inc. and two environmental groups that accused the company of pollution violations signals the death of coal at Salem Harbor Station.

The agreement resolving a 2010 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court includes a stipulation that future plant owners cannot burn coal after 2014, when Dominion has announced it will shut down the fossil fuel facility. Read more.

More about Footprint/Dominion

February 2, 2012
By Tom Dalton
Staff writer The Salem News

The rows of chairs at Bentley School were nearly filled last year for two public meetings on a reuse study for the Salem Harbor Station power plant.

In attendance were city officials, environmental activists, and residents who live near the 745-megawatt coal- and oil-fired plant that is slated to close in 2014.

Also in the audience, listening but not speaking, were two executives from Footprint Power, a fledgling company from New Jersey formed to do just what Salem is trying to do: Find a new use for an old fossil fuel plant on its last legs. Read more.

Salem Harbor Station may be sold

February 1, 2012
By Tom Dalton
Staff writer   The Salem News

A New Jersey company that acquires older, fossil-fuel power plants for reuse is in negotiations with plant owner Dominion and has expressed interest in operating a natural gas plant here. Read more….

EPA finalizes tough new rules on emissions by power plants

In the Washington Post (12-16-2011), Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson report: 

 The Obama administration finished crafting tough new rules Friday curbing mercury and other poisons emitted by coal-fired utilities, according to several people briefed on the decision, culminating more than two decades of work to clean up the nation’s dirtiest power plants. Read more…..


Clean Water Action honors anti-coal crusaders

Clean Water Action, a national environmental organization, has awarded two North Shore groups the John O’Connor Grassroots Leadership Award. The award will be conferred on Salem Alliance for the Environment and Swampscott-based HealthLink at Clean Water Action of Massachusetts’ 17th Annual Benefit on Oct. 1 at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.  Read more…..

Updated Bottle Bill – Keenan MIA?

The 200th municipality has come out in support of the Updated Bottle Bill. Salem is among the 200,but our representative John Keenan will not come out in support. He says it’s because he is chair of the Energy Committee.



Boston – In a tremendous testament to the statewide support for updating the Bottle Bill, the coalition pushing the bill announced today that over 200 cities and towns have passed resolutions in support of this pending legislation. “It’s rare to see this kind of overwhelming agreement between big cities, small towns, eastern and western Massachusetts, and cities and towns everywhere in between,” remarked Geoff Beckwith, Executive Director of the Mass Municipal Association. “The message from Massachusetts cities and towns is crystal clear: the Updated Bottle Bill is good for our communities.” Read more….