Springfield citizens opposed to NSSEP
To the Springfield Selectboard, We, the undersigned residents and taxpayers of Springfield, are concerned about the negative environmental and health effects of burning wood biomass in the proposed NSSEP facility. We have read about the hazards associated with burning biomass and we want you to protect Springfield citizens from these dangers. Burning biomass on an industrial scale creates particulate matter which national health organizations recognize as a hazard for anyone with a respiratory illness. Burning biomass on an industrial scale disrupts the carbon cycle and VT's ANR has stated that it is not carbon neutral. Burning biomass on an industrial scale also adds hundreds of thousands of tons of new greenhouse gas emissions into the air. This will add to the hazards of global climate change which Vermont has experienced first hand with Hurricane Irene. Burning biomass on an industrial scale will create acid rain which can damage sugar maple trees, a staple of Vermont's economy. Burning biomass on an industrial scale increases the risk of invasive pests entering the state. The hazards of these pests is the decimation of trees such as ash which is prized for its many uses. If you are concerned about Vermont's forest health, human health, global climate change, tourism, our maple sugar industry, and the well-being of Springfield residents and taxpayers then it is imperative for you to oppose the NSSEP facility. It is time for you to rethink biomass and act to protect your constituents from the hazards of industrial biomass.