SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Springfield’s City Council has granted a permit to a company that wants to build a $150 million wood-burning power plant in the city.

The 7-2 approval on Tuesday followed a two-hour hearing that included concerns from some that the plant would emit toxic air pollution. Officials with the company that wants to build the facility says that is not true.

The plant that Palmer Renewable Energy LLC wants to build would use 900 tons of wood a day and provide 50 full-time jobs.

Supporters say the plant would re-use wood that otherwise would be tossed in a landfill and reduce dependance on fossil fuels.

Palmer Renewable Energy still must get state approval, including an air-quality permit from the Department of Environmental Protection.


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