Georgia Wood Pellet Industry Commended In Air Quality Report

Georgia won praise last week in a report largely critical of an issue portrayed as lax enforcement of air quality regulations of the wood pellet industry. Criticism also was laid on the new federal policy that power plants fueled by biomass don’t create carbon pollution. “Georgia has definitely played a leadership role in this [wood […]

Georgia won praise last week in a report largely critical of an issue portrayed as lax enforcement of air quality regulations of the wood pellet industry. Criticism also was laid on the new federal policy that power plants fueled by biomass don’t create carbon pollution.

“Georgia has definitely played a leadership role in this [wood pellet] industry,” said Keri Powell, a former senior Clean Air Act attorney with the Atlanta office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Powell went into private practice in 2017 and co-wrote the new report, Dirty Deception: How the Wood Biomass Industry Skirts the Clean Air Act, on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Project.

The report traces emissions by the fast-growing wood pellet industry. In the past decade, it’s has expanded from serving a relatively small market in the United States to providing fuel for plants in Europe that generate electricity. The Environmental Integrity Project hosted a teleconference Thursday to release the report.

The wood pellet industry also could be part of a potential shift in the United States from coal-fired to wood-fired power plants. This could be an outcome of a new federal policy announced Monday in Cochran by Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt made the rounds in Cochran, meeting with business leaders in a region of tree farming, and reading to pupils in the Bleckley County Elementary School.

From the Saporta Report: https://saportareport.com/wood-pellet-factories-tend-to-smash-air-quality-permits-new-report-commends-georgia/

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