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Salem Speaks: What Do You Think About the Power Plant Closure?

Dominion announced its plans to close the plant Wednesday.

Salem Patch hit the street this morning to find out how residents are feeling about the news the .

This is how three locals felt about the retirement of the plant. Some shared ideas on what the City should do with the property.

How do you feel about the news? Let us know in the comments. 

David Bowie May 12, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I still believe that the 65 acres on which the Salem Harbor Power Plant sits can support more than the 150 jobs and provide more income than the 4.5M per year we see now. A deep-water port cannot be discounted. It needs to be used as both a shipping port and a cruise-ship terminal with a tax-free shopping zone incorporated, all retail space leased from the city. A new hotel on the site, with ferry service to and from Boston year-round would be great. Residential condos can also be included.
Lisa May 12, 2011 at 05:25 PM
It's time to close the plant. There used to be over 600 jobs there, now we are down to less than 150. There used to be over 10 million dollars from that plant, now there is less than half. There used to be three additional employees there, but they were killed in a terrible explosion, and the plant was found at fault due to negligent inspections. The plant is 60 years old--that's 30 years past the lifespan stated by it's own industry. There are many opportunities for a city that hosts a deep water port on a 65 acre waterfront property 14 miles outside of Boston. Let's start moving toward the inevitable bright future, and stop clinging to the devil we know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH8xiZNCQWs
Brendan May 12, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I like how the kid is preaching about air quality while smoking a cigarette (or was it a joint?).
chester suchecki May 13, 2011 at 09:18 AM
no more condos
windpower May 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Really .I love the video idea but please chose your people better .One Kimmy lover ,one young man worried about health issues ,and one person want's a amusement park . This is a real problem the tax payers of Salem must face ,it is not a joke . Salem must act fast , decisively ,and think BIG .
Aubry Bracco (Editor) May 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Hi windpower, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We actually offered the opportunity to speak to quite a few people. While many expressed different opinions, many were not interested in speaking on camera. We thought you'd be interested in seeing how certain people felt. Please continue to use this space to add your thoughts on the issue. Each opinion is of equal value even if not on camera.
KlassySalem May 13, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Not to mention that the young man so worried about health and pollution was smoking while he talked about. That was LOL kneeslap funny!
Larry D May 16, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Brendan, I usually don't comment in type about anything. This is my first time. I worked at the plant for 38 years and am a Salemite. I couldn't help but see what I saw when this" genius" was commenting on the plant with a butt in his hand. Did he drive to Salem? He is part of the problem as we are. The NYBY's in Marblehead are having a field day. Let's put windmills in Marblehead harbor !!! Larry D
Larry D May 17, 2011 at 07:52 PM
One thing Salem doesn't need is a park. The Willows is about a mile away and there is a park across the street from the entrance plus numerous others through out the city. Cleaning up the plant is an enormous undertaking. With coal,oil,flyash present, it's not an overnite project. The equiptment inside is considerable and has to be dismantled. It's a pie in the sky idea to turn this property around in a short period of time. Having worked there for 38 years,I have more than a passing knowledge about the plant. We need intelligent input not some hairbrained ideas from NYBY's living nearby. LarryD
Darren Henderson June 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I am the young man from the video. The amusement park idea was a joke and I thought I had made that clear. I realize this is not a joke, but I had just woken up, and I believe all arguments For the powerplant are silly. It is erasing life. Also, I started smoking cigarettes when I was an unconscious 14-year old boy. I hope we are all well-informed on the power of addiction. Although I do not think the pollution from my nicotine addiction should be compared to the pollution caused by automobiles, or this powerplant, I do apologize for it while I feel a great deal of shame every time I smoke a cigarette. I love you and I love my planet.
john June 28, 2011 at 01:01 AM
The only positive outcome (regarding taxes) is to have the power plant converted to clean energy.Too bad for the Marbleheaders who are sick of looking at it.Any other use would be seasonal,such as winter island,salem willows,pickering wharf and the entire downtown.I see a mass exodous of homeowners trying to beat the clock and get out with no interest for buyers to come to Salem.Disasterous! The plant must stay or our taxes will be more than our mortgages!!!!

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