2011 Aug. 19: MA: Biomass Accountability Project aims for stringent emission regulations: Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Utilities and Regulators Consider …
In a statement, the organization claimed wood–burning plants create air pollution and are harmful to health. “At a time when our governments are in …
But in Massachusetts, a major debate is brewing over the exact environmental benefits of biomass. The controversy is so bitter that the state has launched new rules to limit the type of projects that quality for renewable energy incentives. It has also made the emission allowances for biomass installations more stringent, according to Mike Camera, chairman of the Coalition for Biomass Energy for MASS, which is lobbying the state to change the legislation.
The controversy stems from a recent study claiming biomass is not carbon neutral.
Since then, anti-biomass group, the Biomass Accountability Project, has been pressing the Massachusetts to introduce a moratorium on state air permits for new biomass projects, threatening the viability of three new facilities currently under construction in in Springfield, Russell and Greenfield.
But the Biomass Accountability Project will likely continue its fight to see the technology scrapped.
In a statement, the organization claimed wood-burning plants create air pollution and are harmful to health.
“At a time when our governments are in financial meltdown and health costs are skyrocketing, taxpayer money (is) in these dirty incinerators that will poison communities for decades,” said Meg Sheehan, the attorney behind the group. “The federal government is giving billions of our money to corporations that wrongly call biomass ‘green energy.’”
If other states follow Massachusetts, the biomass sector´s domestic growth could be seriously jeopardized.
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