Councilors Weigh Court Challenge To Proposed Biomass Plant
The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is considering whether to appeal a court ruling that reinstated the building permit for a wood-burning power plant.
Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton said he will poll the council members to determine if they want to hold a special meeting to vote on whether to appeal last months’ ruling by the Massachusetts Land Court. Fenton said councilors met privately with an attorney this week to discuss the pros and cons of a possible appeal.
"We have to be concerned about resources, about likelihood of success, and about damages."
Opponents of the 35-megawatt power plant first proposed back in 2008 by Palmer Renewable Energy have until Sept. 15 to appeal the land court’s decision. The project has received all necessary environmental permits.