2012 Feb. 8: MA Springfield: Local boards deal setbacks to Biomass Plant: Letters: What Do You Think?

2012 Feb. 8: MA Springfield: Local boards deal setbacks to Biomass Plant: Letters: What Do You Think?
Valley Advocate
in favor of the opponents of a 35-megawatt woodburning power plant that the we will be spared a large source of particulate air pollution traveling
Local Boards Deal Setbacks to Biomass Plant
On January 25, the Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals ruled in favor of the opponents of a 35-megawatt wood-burning power plant that the developer is trying to build in the city. This action came on the heels of the Springfield City Council revoking a special permit to build the plant. This is good news for two reasons.
First, if the project does not get built, we will be spared a large source of particulate air pollution traveling up the Valley to our cities and towns. Second, it provides a great example of how boards in cities and towns can say “No” to unwanted projects, even when the developer appears to have big money, threatens lawsuits and has the support of the Patrick administration. This vote reminds us that local boards can decide, on behalf of the residents they represent, what is good for their communities, and not be forced to go along with the special interests and agencies who help shape the laws that define “green” energy and try to decide what is safe for us.
We hope that if the developer of the biomass plant in Greenfield comes before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals for a second time, the board will decide in favor of the health and welfare of its citizens as Springfield’s boards did.
We would like to publicly thank the Springfield City Council and the Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals for standing up for their residents and doing the right thing. And thank you to the groups of citizens who have been working to make sure this project does not get built in their city.
Wendy LaPointe, Patrick Devlin, Tom Tolg, Tom Neilson, Peter Joppe, Janet Sinclair
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County
Greenfield

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