Congressman Richard Neal travels to Franklin County to address town issues

The U.S. Representative drove to the towns of Rowe and Heath Monday.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Congressman Richard Neal drove to the town of Rowe Monday where he toured the de-commissioned Nuclear Power Plant, addressing a real concern there.

“They’re interested in with what to do with the deactivated Yankee Rowe site. This a problem that affects many communities nationally and not to miss the point that spent fuel is always controversial,” said U.S. representative, Richard Neal.

Neal told 22News congress is working on legislation to aid in the removal of spent fuel from the Yankee Rowe Power Plant.

Earlier, Neal stopped in Heath about 15 minutes away. Congressman Neal announced a federal grant to Heath’s Fire Department. The money will be used to upgrade their equipment, like helmets, gloves, and breathing devices, many of which don’t meet National Fire Protection Association standards.

Heath’s Fire Chief told 22News the federal grant worth about $88,000, will help the fire department better serve their community.

“The cost of the equipment is so great and the tax space in these small towns is so minimal its hard to keep up with the current equipment that’s getting very expensive, said Heath Fire Chief, Kenneth Gilbert.

Chief Gilbert said they often work together with fire departments from Charlemont and Colrain, which are also in need of funding. Neal also said he still hopes to improve cell service in the hill-towns, something he calls a universal right.