Friday, August 17, 2012

Truckee Biomass Plant health risk discussion


The Lake Tahoe Biomass Plant proposal is making news again. Placer County originally wanted to build the plant in Kings Beach, but those plans failed. Officials are now aiming to build the plant just outside of Truckee near the County dump.
A public meeting will be held August 20, at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Offices to discuss the risks and benefits of the plant. A “Health Impact Assessment” was conducted by a private research group called the Sequoia Foundation.  The Sequoia Foundation and Placer County officials will be present to discuss the research findings.
The biomass plant would convert wood debris to “sustainable energy”.  Air emissions vary depending upon the fuel and technology used.   However, high nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions are possible when wood is the main fuel. 
The source of the wood debris would be provided by the Forest Service thinning projects.

Contact: Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee Ph. 530-587-1776 email: brooke@communitycollaborative.org
Community health risks discussed; Biomass project moves forward
Community Meeting
Health Impact Assessment & Biomass Energy Facility
Monday, August 20, 2012
5:30 – 8 p.m.
TTUSD District Offices, Board Room.
TTUSD Board Room
11603 Donner Pass Rd.,
Truckee, CA 96161
Anyone living in Truckee and certainly anyone living downwind of the facility (Martis Valley, Ponderosa, and Historic Truckee) should be very concerned about the continual large-scale wood burning operation.  The exhaust from this plant will be equal to how many wood stoves? Many counties don’t allow wood stoves anymore.

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