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Mass. Citizens Intend To Sue Over Biofuel Plant

Fri, 05/29/2009 - 6:19am

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A citizens group opposed to the construction of a wood-burning power plant in Greenfield has filed notice that it intends to sue the state for failing to require a full environmental report on the project.

Concerned Citizens of Franklin County alleges that state Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles violated the law by not requiring a complete assessment of the "environmental damage" that would result from the $250 million, 47-megawatt biofuel plant.

The group's attorney, Margaret Sheehan, tells The Recorder of Greenfield the notice was sent to Bowles, Attorney General Martha Coakley and developer Madera Energy.

An Environmental Affairs spokeswoman says a lawsuit must be filed no later than 30 days after the issuance of the first of several permits.

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