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Massachusetts Biomass proposal happily pulled off ballot by supporters

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July 9, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Supporters of one of the four proposed initiatives have taken their measure out of the running for ballot access, according to reports out of Massachusetts. The measure would have mandated that waste-to-energy sources that rely on heat for decomposition to emit at most 250 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour in order to be categorized as "alternative energy developments." However, the efforts of the group EcoLaw, who sponsored the measure, will likely be rewarded. The group had submitted their signatures by the July 7, 2010 deadline, but decided to take their proposal out of consideration for the ballot after reading a letter written by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles.

The letter, written to the Department of Energy Resources, calls for strict requirements to be placed on wood-burning plants in order gain "green credits."The letter was written after the findings of a state commissioned study on the issue. Withdrawing the measure now leaves three initiatives being considered for the ballot. Getting an initiative on the ballot in Massachusetts is a complex procedure, as many deadlines have to be met, not only by initiative sponsors, but also legislature.[1]

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