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Salem to Receive $275K in Dominion Settlement

Peabody, Lynn also slated to receive funds from environmental violation suit.

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against Dominion for Clean Air Act violations, and Salem, Lynn and Peabody will enjoy some benefits, according to a press release.

The settlement total is $275,000 for the three communities, according to a press released from HealthLink.

North Shore's HealthLink and the Conservation Law Foundation sued Dominion (the former owner of Salem Harbor Power Station) for going over environmental air pollution limits at the plant over the course of five years, according to the HeathLink release. 

The Conservation Law Foundation announced its intention to go forward with a federal suit in 2010.

"The city of Salem will receive $225,000 for energy efficient projects intended to bring significant environmental and energy saving benefits to the region," HealthLink reported in the release. "The funds will provide for state-of the-art plumbing, electrical, and photovoltaic installations at the Salem Senior Center and, in addition, two hybrid vehicles will be purchased for city use," the organization reported.

HealthLink reported new plant owner Foortprint will be responsible for any violations it incurs during the transitional time to clean energy. 

What do you think about the decision?

Tell us in the comments. 

windpower September 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
What senior center ?
Beth Ann Medina September 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I can't wait for the day those ugly smokestacks come down!! Hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar are the future.
windpower September 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Hydro and geo are here already, solar shows some promise ,wind power is a long way from happening if at all GAS will be the choise for a while
Susan Sturgeon September 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Not nearly enough for the health and environmental damage they have done!!
Letty C September 19, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Is the plan for the "new" Senior Center still to build it on the toxic land across from Walgreens on Boston Street? Let's talk oxymoron, shall we? Two hybrid vehicles for city use? How about using that money to clean up and reopen the playgrounds along the North River closed due to high lead levels? Let's see, one hybrid for Mayor Destructo, and one for The head of the parking plan that is bringing in so much potential revenue to the city? Will two non-hybrid vehicles be taken off the road?
windpower September 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM
The car makers have to get rid of these cars some how ! They don't use the ones they have !
Stan Sokol September 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Let's INVEST this money by hiring the best available environmental lawyers and consultants to protect Salem's interests in the permitting process for the proposed redevelopment of the Salem Power Station. Footprint and its partners need to be certain nothing less than 100% disclosure (meaning no more obfuscation) is acceptable to the city administration AND the city's residents.
Ed Carroll November 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It don't pass the smell test...anything coming out of a chimney is not clean air..oops almost clean air...its not what Footprint plans but what Toyota plans...what does ISO of New England,manager of the regional power grid, have to say...Watch Out my friends there is some more surprises coming our way

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