Exelon battling environmental realities to keep Mystic Generating Station open

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Exelon’s Mystic Generating Station.  (Photo by JIM MAHONEY)

Power plant slated to be shuttered in 2024

BY JOSH RESNEK

Exelon, Everett’s largest taxpayer, is fighting for its right not only to continue producing energy at its plant but to do so long after its twilight and end had been planned for in 2024.

Environmentalists in Greater Boston are fighting to close down the power plant, which produces enormous amounts of energy for 1 million New England consumers but does so with an unmatched record locally for polluting the environment.

The Boston Globe published a news piece Monday that hit Exelon like a hammer over the head.

“The towering smokestacks of the state’s largest power plant have loomed for decades over the Boston area, spewing pollutants that produce smog, warm the planet, and exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, such as the coronavirus,” wrote the Globe.

The Mystic Generating Station as it is known locally, which is located on a sliver of land abutting Everett, was slated to close two years ago.

The City of Everett is presently involved in a law suit seeking more tax money from the entire Exelon position on the Everett coastline. The city has made the claim that the $15 million a year coming into the city treasury does not account for the true value of the company’s real estate and manufacturing assets.

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Striking Exelon employees claim public safety issues at power plant

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By Josh Resnek

The Exelon plant across from the Encore Boston Harbor and Hotel is the largest power plant in Massachusetts.

Union employees of the sprawling energy complex went on strike Saturday claiming safety issues and concerns about working conditions.

Throughout the weekend, the Utility workers Union of America Local 369 manned a picket line in front of the entrance to the facility.

Exelon officials declined to answer inquiries about the strike.

The picket line attracted media coverage over the weekend when Congressman Joe Kennedy, running against Senator Ed Markey for the Democratic senate nomination, lent his support to the strikers.

It was the second time in two weeks Kennedy has appeared in Everett.

Councilor Mike McLaughlin, running against State representative Joe McGonagle, also joined the picketing with Kennedy and Councilor Stephanie Martin.

The energy generating facility is located on a small spit of land along the shore of the Mystic River on the Everett side of the river which is considered Charlestown.

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Exelon Generation Donates Robotics Kits to EHS

Generous Gift Greatly Expands Opportunities for Science Students

Executives from Exelon Generation joined students and educators inside an Everett High classroom on Thursday morning to celebrate a generous gift that enhances and expands student access to cutting-edge technology.

The donation comes in the form of eight robotics kits, totaling $12,800. The purchase greatly improves the ratio of kits-to-students and will facilitate better student learning and experience in robotics and engineering classes.

“These robotics kits will allow our students to go from groups of five to groups of two for their projects,” said math and engineering teacher Anna Seiders. “This will have a profound impact on their learning experiences. We cannot thank Exelon Generation enough for their continued support.”

Her students agree wholeheartedly.

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Exelon tax fight with city makes it to Superior Court

By Josh Resnek

Arguments were supposed to be heard Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court between the City of Everett and Exelon, the owners of the power station on the Everett shoreline of the Mystic River across from the casino. However, by mutual agreement, the hearing was postponed until a date to be set for December, according to Exelon officials.

At contention is whether or not the city can assess the property for a much higher value and collect much greater tax payments than the $15 million a year that has been paid for the past 20 years.

The city is using an ex post facto type defense claiming Exelon artificially estimated the true value of the land and structures when the TIF was voted on 20 years ago.

The mayor has indicated he believes the TIF, which he voted for when he was councilor, gave Exelon all the advantages and robbed the city of what it is truly due.

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Exelon Legal Fees to Mintz Levin Nears $400,000

By Joshua Resnek

The mayor has given the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin approximately $400,000 since 2015 to litigate the Exelon tax deal, the Leader Herald has learned in response to a FOIA filed with the city two weeks ago which was answered Monday. Continue reading Exelon Legal Fees to Mintz Levin Nears $400,000