Dozens in Springfield protest against biomass plant

A court validated building permits for Palmer Renewable Energy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents rallied in opposition Thursday night to a proposed wood-burning biomass plant on Page Boulevard.

An appeals court has already validated the building permits for Palmer Renewable Energy, but residents are hoping Thursday’s rally will put pressure on the city to determine the possible health effects.

William Gibson of Springfield told 22News, “We already get an “F” grade on our air quality from the American Lung Association, and we’ve gotten that grade for many years now. What we want is clean air, not dirtier air.”

Last year, an attorney took a case against the plant to the Supreme Judicial Court, but the court ruled the plant could be built, and air quality would not be affected.

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