Springfield City Council continues to challenge proposed biomass incinerator

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield City Council has retained legal counsel to challenge a permit for a proposed biomass incinerator.

The permit is for 1000 Page Blvd in Springfield. They’ll be represented by the Conservation Law Foundation of Boston.

The City Council previously expressed their opinion that the proposed project’s building permit, originally issued in 2011, has expired, meaning a new permit must be applied for and granted by the City Council.

“As the primary land use body of the city, the City Council has a responsibility to ensure that all laws, rules, and ordinances are followed in the City of Springfield. Under the current zoning ordinance of the City of Springfield this sort of a project requires a Special Permit from the Springfield City Council, a permit the project does not hold,” said At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman. “While this project’s original permits were issued under an earlier version of the zoning ordinance, it is our opinion that the permit issued at that time were not sufficiently acted upon. As such, we will be asking the Zoning Board of Appeals to review the facts and the determination of the Building Commissioner.”

The Boston law firm will represent the City Council free of charge.

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