Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts have won support for a last-ditch bid to block the project.
The Springfield City Council approved a resolution calling on the city’s Public Health Council to hold a site assignment hearing on the project.
Councilor Orlando Ramos, the resolution’s sponsor, said he is not concerned by threats from the plant’s developer to sue if the local health board gets involved.
"I am more concerned about the public health and safety of our residents. I am concerned about the asthma rate in the city of Springfield. I am concerned about the air quality in the city of Springfield," said Ramos.
The Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the state’s decision to give the plant an air permit. Local activists lost a lengthy court battle over the project.