The MA Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently revoked the permit for a controversial biomass energy plant proposed in Springfield.
If built, this plant that would have had significant health impacts on the local community—an environmental justice area that deals with disproportionally high rates of asthma. Please thank MassDEP for making the right decision!
As part of their justification, MassDEP cited the environmental justice requirements in the recently passed "Next-generation Climate Roadmap" bill. This is an exciting example of how statewide policy can work in tandem with local community organizing. Congratulations to the many local groups and stakeholders who have been leaders in advocating against this project for years!