House passes Ke­able bill to make build­ing plants more dif­fi­cult

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­

PROV­I­DENCE – The fall­out from the proposed Clear River En­ergy Cen­ter in Burrillville found its way to the State­house Wed­nes­day as the House ap­proved Rep. Cale P. Ke­able’s leg­is­la­tion to over­haul the En­ergy Fa­cil­i­ties Sit­ing Board and pro­vide a more com­pre­hen­sive process for screen­ing power plant ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ke­able (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glo­ces­ter) worked with Burrillville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent John Pacheco to craft the bill ((2018-H 8120 A), which would ex­pand the EFSB from three mem­bers to seven and would pro­vide greater pro­tec­tions and rights to the com­mu­ni­ties where proposed power plants are lo­cated. It would also de­mand that ap­pli­cants pro­vide all the re­quired in­for­ma­tion be­fore their ap­pli­ca­tion can be­gin mov­ing for­ward.

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