EPA To Hold Hearing On Sierra Pacific’s Proposed California Woody Biomass Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding two public hearings Tuesday on a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to build a wood-fired power plant in Anderson. A panel of judges ordered the EPA to hold the hearings on Sierra Pacific’s proposal to build a 31-megawatt power plant at its sawmill north of Anderson off Highway […]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding two public hearings Tuesday on a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to build a wood-fired power plant in Anderson.

A panel of judges ordered the EPA to hold the hearings on Sierra Pacific’s proposal to build a 31-megawatt power plant at its sawmill north of Anderson off Highway 273. Citizens for Clean Air, a Shasta County group, had asked the EPA to hold a public hearing on Sierra Pacific’s request for a permit to operate the plant. But the agency refused.

Citizens for Clean Air filed an appeal with the agency’s Environmental Appeals Board, which ordered the hearing. Celeste Draisner, a spokeswoman for the group, said it was frustrating trying to work with the EPA. “The government would never have given us this hearing if we hadn’t demanded it,” Draisner said. “It’s hard to describe, if you’re an activist, working with the government. It’s a feeling of disenfranchisement.”

Draisner, who has protested projects in Shasta County and sometimes dresses up as the “Catwoman,” was arrested and convicted in 2002 for trespassing after she climbed the 199-foot smokestack at the Knauf fiberglass plant in Shasta Lake and unfurled a banner that read “Save the child you know.”

Sierra Pacific currently has a 4-megawatt plant on site, but it wants to expand the facility, using about 7 megawatts for operating the sawmill and selling the rest of the power.

From RenewablesBiz: http://www.renewablesbiz.com/article/13/12/epa-hold-hearing-biomass-plant-anderson

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