Over the last 12 years, Massachusetts regulators have approved 6 new fossil fuel power plants, 5 of which are located in or near low-income communities and communities of color already overburdened by industrial pollution.
But a new bill before the state legislature could help give communities the power to have a seat at the table in conversations about what facilities are built in their neighborhoods.
If H.3336/S.2135 becomes law, regulators would be forced to consider the health and environmental impacts communities are already dealing with when reviewing proposals for new facilities. The bill would also make it easier for communities to take advantage of the benefits of clean energy – clean energy facilities that would benefit the health and livelihood of the community would move forward more easily, and dirty dangerous fossil fuels would be left behind.
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