Environmental Group’s Report Under Fire After Citing Maine Biomass Plant As ‘Dirty’

In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively “clean” and sustainable technology. The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power generators and criticizes government policies that promote the […]

In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively “clean” and sustainable technology.

The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power generators and criticizes government policies that promote the technology. It claims permitted emissions from biomass-burning facilities such as one at the local Verso Paper mill that began operating in 2012 are “dirtier” than those permitted at modern coal plants.

Critics say the report makes false assumptions and, from a wider environmental standpoint, neglects a key issue — namely, the impact of mining and other practices used to obtain nonrenewable fossil fuels used in other power generation facilities.

Bill Cohen, spokesman for the Bucksport mill, said Wednesday in a brief statement that “bad data and faulty assumptions” have been used in the PFPI report and others like it.

The Biomass Power Association, a trade industry group, had some of the harshest criticism of the report, calling it an “81-page editorial” that demonstrates a “fundamental misunderstanding” of the science surrounding forestry and biomass and the governmental policies that regulate them.

From Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/06/business/environmental-groups-report-comes-under-fire-after-citing-bucksport-mill-as-one-of-dozens-of-dirty-biomass-plants/

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