Community Voices on Biomass

The Springfield community, Climate Action Now, the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, and other allies have been speaking out in resistance to the language in the 2050 Climate Roadmap Bill (H. 4933, Section 15) that would classify biomass electricity plants as “non-carbon emitting” energy sources.

Marty Nathan: ‘Clean energy doesn’t come out of smokestack’

By Marty Nathan – October 6, 2020

Marty Nathan, a Climate Action Now member and retired physician, recently wrote an article for the Valley Advocate about the history of the fight against the Palmer Renewable biomass plant in East Springfield and current fight against the language in Bill H. 4933 that would subsidize the creation of the Palmer biomass plant. You can read her article here!

Activists Continue 10-Year Fight Over Biomass Project

By Paul Tuthill – September 29, 2020

Paul Tuthill recently did a segment on WAMC that catalogues the history of the fight against the proposed biomass plant and highlights the current saga of this 10 year long fight.

Springfield City Council Member Jesse Lederman’s Petition

The petition calls on Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Tom Golden in their capacity as Chairs of the Conference Committee responsible for crafting the final language of this important legislation to remove commercial wood burning biomass incinerators from the definition of non-emitting energy sources and bring this definition in line with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard and the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Springfield Climate Justice Coalition letter to Members of Springfield’s House and Senate Delegation

Letter from the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition to the Presidents of the Springfield Neighborhood Councils, the Civic Associations, and the Citizen Councils

Letter from Springfield Neighborhood Councils & Civic Associations to Conference Committee

Letter from 60 MA Organizations to Conference Committee

Sixty groups from around the state signed on to this letter urging the Massachusetts Legislature to reject language in the House’s proposed climate legislation that would pave the way for its construction.

In a letter to the conference committee negotiating the climate legislation, the groups wrote:
“We stand in solidarity with Springfield residents and environmental justice groups who have been fighting the proposed Palmer biomass plant for more than a decade. Springfield already has more than its fair share of polluting facilities and should not become a “sacrifice zone” to produce dirty power that will be sold to municipalities elsewhere in the state as part of a new MLP greenhouse gas standard.”

The signatories include a diverse array of organizations that work on public health, environmental justice, clean and affordable energy, climate change, and environmental protection in Massachusetts. You can download the full letter with all signatories here.