Boston University (BU) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are preparing a mandatory revised risk assessment for BU’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL), which has received substantial federal funding through NIH. I described the specifics of this risk assessment in an earlier post. The draft of that risk assessment is currently ready for…
CLF Applauds Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals Decision to Rescind Building Permits for Biomass-burning Plant in EJ Community
Late on Wednesday night residents of Springfield celebrated an important victory in their longstanding fight against a biomass-burning plant that Palmer Renewable Energy (PRE) proposes to construct in their community. Acting on the petition of local residents Michaelann Bewsee and Toni and William Keefe, the Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) overturned the two building permits that were issued to PRE last November. Media coverage of the ZBA decision is available here and here.
While much of Boston was distracted by the approaching holidays, public health and the environmental justice communities of Roxbury / South End scored a victory last Friday, December 23rd, when Secretary Sullivan issued his final decision to deny BU’s request to begin high level research at BU’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL) until a full risk assessment is reviewed by EOEEA.
Conservation Law Foundation Statement in Response to Springfield City Council’s Decision to Appeal Building Permits for PRE Biomass Power Plant
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) today issued the following statement in response to Springfield City Council’s decision to appeal the building permits issued for Palmer Renewable Energy’s proposed biomass-fueled Power Plant.
Joint Statement in Response to MA DEP Commissioner Kimmell’s Decision Re: Appeals of Palmer Renewable Energy Power Plant Air Permit in Springfield, MA
BOSTON AND SPRINGFIELD, MA December 7, 2011 – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Arise for Social Justice (Arise), and Toxics Action Center (TAC) today issued the following joint statement in response to MA DEP Commissioner Kimmell’s decision to clear the path for petitioners to pursue the air permit appeal on the merits of the case regarding Palmer Renewable Energy’s proposed biomass-fueled Power Plant in Springfield, MA.
Joint Statement in Response to the MA DEP’s Recommended Final Decision on the Air Permit Appeal Regarding Palmer Renewable Energy Biomass Plant in Springfield, MA
BOSTON, MA November 30, 2011 – Conservation Law Foundation, Arise for Social Justice, and Toxics Action Center today issued the following joint statement in response to the Massachusetts DEP’s recommended final decision on the air permit appeal for Palmer Renewable Energy’s proposed biomass-fueled Power Plant in Springfield, MA.
As I sit on the crowded 32 bus for my usual 50-minute-plus journey to get to work, I find myself wondering why no one seems to care that people who ride these buses regularly have to squeeze together as if trying to fit into a human sardine can. The 32, which is almost always packed,…