SPRINGFIELD — Standing outside the shuttered Springfield Power biomass plant Wednesday morning as snow fell, local Democratic lawmakers denounced the July veto by Gov. Chris Sununu they say caused the plant closure and job losses.
Jenn Alford-Teaster, a local community activist and a 2018 state senate candidate, said the closures caused by the veto of HB 183 strikes at the New Hampshire timber way life.
“The timber industry is one of the oldest industries in New Hampshire,” Alford-Teaster said.
“This is a cultural source of pride and to take away the innovation that our timber industry has had … I don’t understand why someone who is a native Granite Stater like Gov. Sununu would do that.”
The Springfield biomass plant is owned by New Jersey-based EWP Renewable Corp., a unit of South Korea-based Korea East-West Power Co., according to a recent Valley News article.
EWP moved to close the Springfield plant and its Whitefield plant last month after lawmakers were unable to overturn Sununu’s veto of the bill, which would have continued subsidies of the biomass industry.