City Councilors To Meet On Biomass Permit Appeal
The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will hold a special meeting on whether to continue the fight over a wood-burning power plant.
Facing a Sept. 15th deadline to file an appeal to the court ruling that restored the building permit for the controversial plant, city council meeting notices have been posted for both Sept. 10 and 11. City Councilor Tim Allen opposes the biomass plant, but is uncertain if he’ll vote to appeal last month’s decision by the Massachusetts Land Court.
"A judgment has been issued by the land court, I need to make sure I understand that judgment and what an appeal process really entails and legal representation and the like."
Opponents of the plant, including neighborhood activists on the city’s east side, and environmentalists, claim it will harm the public health. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental protection approved the air permit for the plant two years ago.