Vermont Public Service Board Denies Biomass Proposal

Today, the Vermont Public Service Board denied a proposal by Winstanley Enterprises to build a dirty biomass electrical generating facility in the neighborhood of North Springfield.  This victory for Vermonters’ health shows the Public Service Board taking a step in the right direction and working to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The local North Springfield Action Group (NoSag) has been active in demonstrating to the community and the Public Service Board the environmental and public health costs of this project would not promote the general good for the State of Vermont.

Our dedicated group of concerned citizens over the past 2 years have consistently stated that electricity can be produced by more efficient means than by burning wood. We have supported conservation programs and measures that are consistent with the States goals to protect the environment. 

We welcome the PSB decision that recognizes the net negative consequences of the project expressed in their denial of a Certificate of Public Good highlighting the negative impacts. 

Robert Kischko PE, the chair of NoSag " We want to thank the PSB and the Hearing Officer with their decision to deny the CPG for this project" the Board clearly recognizes the project does not meet either the present or future demand for electricity in our area or State. 

The thoughtful and dedicated residents, in particular those in North Springfield, have fought this on many fronts and we have always stressed the need to protect the environment and have supported the thoughtful and forward looking development in our Town which would be consistent with our Town Plan and this project was not.

"I am thrilled that the PSB acknowledged that the high level of greenhouse gas emissions from this industrial biomass project is not in the general good of Vermonters,” says Jan Ameen, NoSag member.  “The PSB also notes that more can be done to reduce energy consumption through energy conservation measures and energy efficiency.  This is a wonderful surprise and spot on.  I am grateful for the years of time, effort, and money they put in for the benefit of many."

“We’ve been saying all along that clean energy doesn’t come out of a smokestack. This proposal is out of line with Vermont’s clean energy future, and we commend the PSB on their decision,” said Naomi Leary, Community Organizer with Toxics Action Center, a public health and environmental non-profit that has worked alongside community members since 2012. “The community made it clear that a safe and clean energy future for Vermont doesn’t include a source that emits more greenhouse gas emissions than coal – and the Public Service Board listened.”

 

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Toxics Action Center has helped more than 750 neighborhood groups across New England fight toxic pollution in their communities. We work on a variety of issues including cleaning up hazardous waste sites, stopping proposed landfills and incinerators, curbing pesticide spraying, pressuring companies to reduce their toxic chemical use, and other issues that threaten the health and safety of residents, neighborhoods and the environment.