In case you didn’t already hear about this, a coalition of groups just filed a lawsuit against EPA for allowing CO2 limit exemptions for biomass (wood)-burning power plants and incinerators.
The coalition includes: Georgia ForestWatch, Wild Virginia, the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Read the CBD news release: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2011/biomass-08-15-2011.html
Here’s a quote: “The EPA’s action will in the near term increase carbon dioxide emissions that will persist in the earth’s atmosphere and cause climate damage for more than a century,” said Ann Weeks, an attorney at the Clean Air Task Force who represents Conservation Law Foundation and Natural Resources Council of Maine. “The EPA knows this will occur and is offering up a complete exemption from regulation despite that knowledge.”
“The EPA has no authority to just waive the Clean Air Act for the benefit of politically favored industries, as it has for the forest products and bioenergy industries here,” said Kevin Bundy, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “The science is clear: Burning our forests for energy makes no sense as a strategy for dealing with climate change. Widespread biomass development, which the EPA’s illegal exemption aims to facilitate, will undermine our ability to meet critical near-term greenhouse gas reduction goals and further degrade our nation’s forest ecosystems.”
Now, if we can just get these groups to include residential wood-burning devices with the industrial burners, we’d have some legal muscle to help us!