Conservation Law Foundation Statement in Response to Springfield City Council’s Decision to Appeal Building Permits for PRE Biomass Power Plant

Ben Carmichael Ben Carmichael

Karen Wood, CLF: (617) 850-1722 or (978) 857-5389

BOSTON, MA December 7, 2011 – 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.

“We commend the Springfield City Council for their vote to ensure the integrity of the local zoning and permitting process by appealing the building permits unlawfully issued to Palmer Renewable Energy’s (PRE) proposed power plant. On the heels of yesterday’s decision by Massachusetts DEP Commissioner Kimmell to allow appeals of PRE’s air permit to be heard, the City Council’s action today shows that this community is not willing to let PRE make an end-run around the rules. We are very pleased that City Council will be taking the next steps to protect against the impacts of a dirty power plant that will threaten the health of residents in Springfield and beyond.”


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide.  Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


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