For more than 50 years now, the Mt. Tom coal plant has been dumping sulfur dioxide into the air and making Mass. residents sick. And for the last four years, it has done so without an operating permit.
Allowing the plant to continue polluting without an operating permit has had disastrous consequences for the Pioneer Valley and nearby communities. For example, the childhood asthma rate in Holyoke is 24% -- more than twice the statewide average.1