BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts environmental officials have approved construction of a natural gas-fired power plant in Brockton that’s facing stiff local opposition.
The state Department of Environmental Protection approved the Brockton Clean Energy plant in a letter dated Wednesday, saying it met state and federal clean air standards.
The project still faces heavy opposition, including from the city council and mayor. Among the concerns: its effect on air quality.
Parent company Advanced Power Services proposed the project in 2007 and aims to begin operations in 2014. The 350-megawatt plant would power 230,000 homes.
In its ruling, the DEP said the project would have environmental costs, including emissions that pollution controls must minimize. But it said those costs are outweighed by benefits such as a projected 750 jobs during construction and $1.5 million in annual tax payments.

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Comments (3)
  1. emom says:

    Ok a gas fired power plant,, WHY…. why not build a power plant that is green, SOLAR and WIND, Wouldn’t that be far better for all and the enviroment… Instead of putting some risk on others. where would they build such a plant, where in brockton is there even space,,,, its kinda wall to wall homes and business,,,,,, Gas fired WHY ,,,,,, who’s Bright idea would this have been from…

  2. engineer says:

    Brockton already has a solar power plant … it produces 450 kW. What people need to realize is that if you don’t repower the fleet of power plants, you’re relying on power plants that are 30-40 years old.

  3. Patrice says:

    Doesn’t matter if the state signed off on this. It’s not going to happen as long as we have a mayor and a city council that will not approve selling water to this filty polluter. Water is needed to operate the plant and unless they plan on trucking in almost a million gallons a day it’s not going to happen.

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