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Springfield biomass plan draws criticism

By WGGB Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The proposal for a biomass power plant to be built in Springfield drew criticism during a public hearing in the city Wednesday for the state to hear about reducing greenhouse gases by 2020.

Those opposed to the plants have expressed concerns about a possible negative impact on public health and the environment. A recent study for the state found the use of the forest biomass plants releases more greenhouse gases than coal, which has caused the state to reconsider its inclusion of the plants in its portfolio for energy sources.

Some of the residents who attended Wednesday’s hearing called the plants “toxic.”

Biomass plants have been proposed for Springfield, Greenfield, Russell and Pittsfield.


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