Councilor Lederman Submits Over 2,500 Signatures to Legislative Conference Committee Against State I


At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Sustainability and Environment, has submitted a petition to a Massachusetts Legislative Conference Committee opposing language in a House Climate Bill that would define commercial grade wood-burning biomass as “non-carbon emitting sources of energy,” incentivizing the purchase of energy from such incinerators under the premise of renewable energy.

The petition, initiated by Councilor Lederman through the online platform Change.org, garnered more than 2,500 signatures.

The petition requests that the conference committee replace language that designates commercial wood-burning biomass incinerators as “non-carbon emitting,” and instead adopts the definition used by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Standard and the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, which are governed by a public rules making process.

“I applaud the Massachusetts Legislature for their efforts to address climate change and advance environmental justice through omnibus legislation, however the language that is currently included regarding biomass incinerators is inaccurate and would incentivize potential polluters in our community and potentially across the commonwealth,” said Councilor Lederman “I want the members of the conference committee to understand the direct impact that encouraging development of these types of incinerators could have on our community, our air quality, and the well-being of our children, seniors, and all residents, as well as the scientifically inaccurate nature of this definition. We need them to do the right thing.”

The petition was submitted to Representative Thomas Golden and Senator Michael Barrett, who are co-chairing the conference committee tasked with reviewing the House and Senate versions of the bill. It follows comments previously filed by Councilor Lederman and nine other City Councilors seeking changes to the bill’s language. Copies have also been shared with the Springfield Legislative Delegation.

The petition remains active and can be signed at http://chng.it/fjjhsdGS.

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