Skip to comments.Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed Pioneer Valley Energy Center
Posted on 04/27/2012 2:26:07 PM PDT by matt04
The issuance earlier this month of a federal Environmental Protection Agency air quality permit for the proposed $400 million natural gas-fired electric generating plant has not deterred continued opposition by Westfield Concerned Citizens.
Westfield Concerned Citizens along with residents from neighboring communities concerned about the environmental impact of the plant are not satisfied with this outcome, said WCC founding member Mary Ann Babinski.
Babinski said WCC is assessing future efforts in opposition to the plant, adding there is an appeal process to this permit award.
This is a very important issue to us and we are considering an appeal of the decision to award the permit, Babinski said.
The final air quality permit needed for the project, originally proposed in late 2007, was received April 12 from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, project manager Matthew A. Palmer announced.
That completed the federal and state environmental permitting process allowing developers to focus their attention on finance and construction of the proposed 400 megawatt generating plant at its site off Ampad Way.
Babinski said WCC members are even more determined to stop construction because the more we have learned about the issues surrounding this facility the more we recognize the facilitys harmful public health, safety and environment impacts. There is no need for the energy this plant will generate.
We had petitioned the EPA for a health impact assessment but it determined that it was not necessary, Babinski said adding WCC will continue to position that operations to generate electricity will not be clean. Clean energy does not come from a smokestack.
Babinski said the group will not sway from its concerns over air pollutants, the transporting and storing of heating oil and chemicals involving plant operations.
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How do they expect to charge their electric cars? How many use natural gas or oil to heat their house? How many use electricity 24/7 and not just when it is sunny or windy?
Just where is Westfield? Gnu Joisey?
It could be running on unicorn farts and fairy dust and there would still be protests.
mASS. Realized that when I went to the link. Reason I asked first, is that I have a good friend in Westfield, NJ, and he’s a civic leader in the community. Thought I might get him involved.
“There is no need for the energy this plant will generate.”
Ya....because many energy companies are known for building 400 million-dollar plants just for sh!ts-and-giggles.
They're concerned about storing heating oil? I'd bet that half of them heat their homes with that same oil. Ridiculous, nasty, NIMBY, liberals.
Geez I hate 'em.
Why don’t they do what Los Angeles does when it needs more electricity, build the plant in Utah? Too bad Obama put most of the coal used by the IPP off limits.
Near Amhearst and Northhampton MA, two centers of Marxist adherants.
Westfield used to be a nice place to live, good and hard working people. Now it’s just commie scum, for the most part.
Lots of soccer fields.