The word “biomass” sounds green, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. It’s about as far away from green as you can imagine. The three incinerators that are planned for Western Mass. won’t only burn wood from our forests but will also burn demolition wood treated with chemicals. These chemicals include mercury, lead, arsenic and dioxin. Great, huh? The plants should not be called “biomass” but instead should be called by their rightful name: construction demolition incinerators.
Springfield cannot afford a worsening of our air. Asthma and lead levels are already higher than state averages. Read here what the president of the Hampden District Medical Society wrote about the unacceptable health risks of these plants. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also wrote a letter discussing the health effects such a plant would have in Springfield. For more info, go to www. springfieldincinerator.info.
These plants will not produce much electricity and are not good for the environment. You don’t need to trust me. There’s plenty of scientific information on the web site.
There are two very important public hearings coming up. Please come and make your voice heard.
Wednesday, Nov. 18: Springfield Public Health Council meeting, 6 – 7:30, Pine Point Citizens Council, 335 Berkshire Ave. Springfield. Come find out about the health risks of PRE’s incinerator!
Wednesday, Dec. 2, Air permitting hearing, 7 pm., Kennedy Middle School, 1385 Berkshire Ave., Springfield. Sponsored by Dept. of Environmental Protection. Give testimony, hear others’ concerns.