Greenfield says ‘No’ to biomass plants

Town council votes to keep biomass plants out of Greenfield

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s official. The town council has unanimously voted to keep wood-burning biomass plants out of Greenfield.

That makes Greenfield the first town in the state to effectively ban an industrial wood burning biomass plant.

The ruling came down around 10 o’clock Wednesday night. While there is no biomass plant in Greenfield right now, one had been proposed back in 2009. Medera Energy Inc. proposed building a wood burning biomass plant on Butternut Street in the town’s Industrial Park section.

It never happened, and town residents wanted to make sure it never does. Patrick Devlin, Chair of Greenfield Economic Development Committee, said the big concern was the emissions and pollution.

The ordinance specifically bans industrial biomass and waste to energy facilities. If a smaller scale biomass plant meets regulations, the ordinance would still strictly regulate plant emissions, what can be burned for fuel, and the equipment and processes used to operate the plant.

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