NO to the biomass power plant in Springfield

Urgent Action Alert

The 2050 Climate Roadmap Bill before the MA legislature includes language (H. 4933, Section 15) that lists biomass electricity plants as “non-carbon emitting” sources of energy.  This bill, in its current form, would pave the way for Palmer Renewable to build a biomass plant in East Springfield, which would further pollute the air in an economically distressed Environmental Justice community already called the

Photo credit to Rene Theberge; taken before the Covid-19 pandemic

Here’s why we are fighting:

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A conference committee of the MA legislature is meeting to decide the fate of this Bill. They are planning on finalizing their decision very soon. We need to act now!

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Here’s what you can do

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Reach out to your legislators; ask them to reach out to their peers on the conference committee -(Senators Michael Barrett, Cynthia Creem, and Patrick O’Connor and Representatives Tom Golden, Patricia Haddad, and Brad Jones) – with the following request:  Amend the House’s proposed new greenhouse gas emissions standard for Municipal Light Plants (Section 15 of the House climate bill, H. 4933) to include only resources that are qualified under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard or the new Clean Energy Standard. 

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For a list of Western Mass legislators and their contact info go here

If you need to find out the names and contact information of your legislators go here.

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Please share with them this powerful letter from the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition about how this proposal will harm Springfield residents who are already suffering disproportionately from air pollution. 

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Sign this petition, created by Springfield City Council member Jesse Lederman.

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Share this letter from 60 MA Organizations to the Conference Committee. These groups stand in solidarity with the Springfield community and urge the Massachusetts Legislature to reject language in the House’s proposed climate legislation that would pave the way for the construction of a biomass plant in Springfield. 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.

Photo credit to Rene Theberge. Taken before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Photo credit to Rene Theberge. Taken before the Covid-19 pandemic.