Meeting scheduled to discuss Springfield’s biomass proposal

Majority of the Springfield City Council opposes the project

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s proposed biomass facility is still very much alive.

The Springfield City Council met privately Monday to discuss a potential appeal to the proposed biomass facility in East Springfield.

Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke told 22News the Council will have an open special meeting on Friday to explore legal options in appealing the court’s decision that legitimized Palmer Paving Company’s land building permits.

Rooke said a majority of the Council opposes the project, even though Palmer Renewable Energy’s proposal meets all state and air quality codes.

“Our responsibility as a City Council is land use,” Rooke said. “It’s legally zoned for the use that they want to develop there, and that’s what we should rely on.”

The special meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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