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Mount Tom Station coal power plant to close in October

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An overhead pictured of Mount Tom Station along I-91 in Holyoke (MassLive). An overhead pictured of Mount Tom Station along I-91 in Holyoke (MassLive).
HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Mount Tom Station, one of Massachusetts' last coal burning power plants, will permanently close in October.

Twenty-eight employees will lose their jobs as a result of the closure. The power plant opened in the 1960's.

GDF SUEZ Energy North America made the decision based on the difficult power market for older plants like Mount Tom's, according to the company's communications manager, Carroll Churchill.

The company will evaluate other possible uses for the power plant location including a solar farm, or possibly a small combustion turbine, Churchill said.

As the power plant is converted, GDF SUEZ will communicate with local, state, federal officials.

"Regrettably, we informed our 28 employees at Mt. Tom this morning that the company has made the difficult decision to discontinue coal operations due to the declining economics for a facility such as this one," a statement from GDF SUEZ read.

Employees will be offered severance packages.

Also Monday, in a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years.

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