Biomass protestors win resolution in Springfield

Protestors are doing everything to keep a wood-burning biomass plant out of Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield City Council ruled unanimously Monday night to have the Public Health Council hold a site hearing to determine if the plant could pose any health risks.

Protestors are trying to revoke Palmer Renewable Energy’s permit to build on Page Boulevard, which was granted in 2015. Protestors said they’re exhausting every option possible.

Arise for Social Justice Director Michaelann Bewsee told 22News, “We believe they do have to hold a site assignment hearing, according to Massachusetts general laws. So we hope they do voluntarily.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno previously said the plant has already passed strict federal and state environmental and health requirements.

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