Activists Voice Opposition to Springfield Biomass Plant

SPRINGFIELD -- City Council Vice President Orland Ramos and environmental activists voiced opposition to the long-debated plan for a biomass energy plant in East Springfield at a press conference outside City Hall Monday evening.

The City Council tonight is considering a nonbinding resolution, initiated by Ramos and sponsored by Councilor Timothy Allen, to encourage the city's Public Health Council to hold site assignment proceedings on the biomass plant.

"It should be clear at this point that the citizens of Springfield do not want a biomass incinerator," Ramos said.

Arise for Social Justice Director Michaelann Bewsee said that local activists, motivated by concerns over respiratory health effects and noise pollution, have opposed the project for eight years and intend on continuing to press the issue.

"It's all part of our struggle to keep a biomass incinerator out of Springfield," Bewsee said.

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