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The controversial wood-burning power plant proposed in East Springfield would no longer qualify for renewable energy credits under a set of regulations that the Baker administration revised and put forward Friday after months of outcry from community members and environmental advocates.

The changes to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard regulations are specific to biomass plants like the Palmer Renewable Energy project that opponents say would be one of the most significant polluters in western Massachusetts and would contribute to pollution in an environmental justice community that already ranks as the worst place in the U.S. to live with asthma.

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Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

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