Keenan’s amendment was filed after the Conservation Law Foundation appealed a key approval the plant received recently from the state Energy Facilities Siting Board.
This new plant will improve the environment by replacing power from more polluting plants and generate needed electricity to meet future demand, according to Keenan. If this plant, which is scheduled to open in 2016, is delayed, it could result in “rolling brownouts,” he said.
In addition to providing needed power for this region, the plant will spark more development at the Salem Harbor Station site and benefit the city financially, Keenan said.
“I’ll tell you who it’s a sweetheart deal for — the citizens of Salem,” Keenan said.
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