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Springfield Biomass Power Plant Oppponent Launch State Court Challenge
by Ben Carmichael

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Arise for Social Justice, Toxics Action Center (TAC) and over a dozen individual residents today filed a new lawsuit in Hampden County Superior Court seeking to overturn a state permit that would allow the Palmer Renewable Energy (PRE) biomass power plant to emit harmful air pollution. The lawsuit takes aim at the September 11, 2012 “Final Decision” from Massachusetts Department of Environmental (DEP) Protection Commissioner Ken Kimmell upholding a DEP air permit for PRE’s wood-burning power plant project in Springfield. The organizations, together with a group of local residents, long have opposed the plant because it will add air pollution to a community with childhood asthma rates already double the state average. Through today’s action, they are seeking to reverse PRE’s air permit and hold DEP accountable for protecting against harmful air pollution that disproportionately affects the Springfield area.

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Springfield Biomass Power Plant Opponents Decry Flawed Air Permit Decision
by Ben Carmichael

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Arise for Social Justice and Toxics Action Center (TAC) today issued the following statements regarding the September 11, 2012 “Final Decision” from Massachusetts Department of Environmental (DEP) Protection Commissioner Ken Kimmell in the groups’ appeal of a DEP air permit for the Palmer Renewable Energy (PRE) biomass power plant project in Springfield. The organizations, who, together with a group of 16 local residents, have long opposed the plant for adding air pollution to a community with childhood asthma rates already double the state average, decried the decision and vowed to hold DEP accountable.

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Review Process for BU Biolab Revs Up Again
by Jenny Rushlow

Many of you have been waiting for the next opportunity to voice your concern over the BU Biolab. Your time is coming – the state’s public comment process will begin soon, and the Patrick Administration needs to hear from you. The proponents of Boston University’s proposed National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) – known as…

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Speak Up: Public Comment Period Opens for BU Bioterror Lab
by Jenny Rushlow

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…

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CLF Applauds Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals Decision to Rescind Building Permits for Biomass-burning Plant in EJ Community
by Jenny Rushlow

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.

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BU Denied Request to Operate Hazardous Bioterrorism Lab Without Thorough Review of Risk Assessment
by Jenny Rushlow

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.

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Joint Statement in Response to MA DEP Commissioner Kimmell’s Decision Re: Appeals of Palmer Renewable Energy Power Plant Air Permit in Springfield, MA
by Ben Carmichael

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.

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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
by Ben Carmichael

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.