Mass. Zoning Board Axes Permits For $150M Biomass Plant

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 8:32 PM EST) -- Construction of a $150 million biomass power plant spearheaded by Palmer Renewable Energy LLC was threatened on Wednesday after the Zoning Board of Appeals for Springfield, Mass., voted to overturn two of its building permits, citing zoning violations.

The decision, which is part of a mounting entanglement of legal issues over the project, said the building commissioner had stepped outside his authority in approving first-phase construction permits as the project lacked a special permit from the city council, according to local news outlet The Springfield Republican....
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