Any local readers with an opinion on this?

Do we really want a large scale, almost 200 foot smokestack, biomass facility one mile away from Williamstown in Pownal (at the old greyhound racetrack)? Projected 70 to 100 tractor trailers of wood per DAY to feed the incinerator and 500,000 gallons per DAY out of the Hoosic river (for coolant). The wind patterns will carry the air pollution from this plant to Williamstown. Don’t mistake this with the small (2 truckloads per day) biomass heating facility at Middlebury College– at that small scale, it’s workable. The developer Thomas Emero (current company name, Beaver Wood Energy LLC) has a history of air pollution violations at his previous plants.

Entire e-mail below the break.


From: Concerned Citizens Williamstown
Date: Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM
Subject: Pownal biomass facility and Williamstown
To: Concerned Citizen Williamstown

This is important: Do we really want a large scale, almost 200 foot smokestack, biomass facility one mile away from Williamstown in Pownal (at the old greyhound racetrack)? Projected 70 to 100 tractor trailers of wood per DAY to feed the incinerator and 500,000 gallons per DAY out of the Hoosic river (for coolant). The wind patterns will carry the air pollution from this plant to Williamstown. Don’t mistake this with the small (2 truckloads per day) biomass heating facility at Middlebury College– at that small scale, it’s workable. The developer Thomas Emero (current company name, Beaver Wood Energy LLC) has a history of air pollution violations at his previous plants. The developer is in the process of applying for permits for this facility. There is incentive to move fast given federal funds worth 80 million dollars are at stake if the developer can show progress on the project by December, 2010.

This facility in Pownal WILL affect Williamstown’s air quality and the quality of life for students, residents, returning alum, wildlife, everyone. The selectmen from the Town of Williamstown are very concerned about this proposed facility and have voted recently to send letters to the town governments of Pownal and Bennington asking to postpone their vote on this biomass facility (the vote is scheduled for Monday Oct. 18) so more information and research can be done. If those Vermont boards vote to recommend the project, the company can submit for its Certificate of Public Good, a crucial step in the process of obtaining federal funds.

Learn more.

http://on.fb.me/cifpUA (for the latest on the issue, including newspaper articles)

on Twitter, NoPownalBiomass

can also contact ConcernedCitizensWilliamstown@gmail.com

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