Court upholds decision to revoke permits for Springfield biomass plant

“Burning wood for electricity is a bad idea to begin with, and building a biomass plant in a residential neighborhood is just evil,” said Johannes Epke, an attorney at environmental nonprofit Conservation Law Foundation, an opponent of the plant. “The Department of Environmental Protection was right to revoke this permit the first time around, and the appeals office has made the right call today.”

Biomass — fuels derived from wood products and other plant material — for years enjoyed state classification as a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuel and was eligible for state clean energy subsidies.

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