Developer: Pownal biomass facility wona t pollute

Sep 11, 2010 Full story: North Adams Transcript 17

The developer of a proposed biomass facility at the former Green Mountain race track told the Bennington Banner this week that the plant would produce very few emissions, would create 50 permanent full-time jobs locally and would generate about $525,000 in annual property taxes.

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Robert Burns

Chester, MA

#1 Sep 11, 2010
Mr. Emero clearly believes the best defense is a good offence. Unfortunately science, common sense and a record record of conflict and pollution in Maine don't back up his bold ascertions.

Biomass incineration is highly polluting:

http://www.energyjustice.net/sites/default/fi...

Biomass incinerators are poor job creation vehicles:

http://pownalbiomass.info/4.html

Mr. Emero & Mr. Bousquet's record of suing a host town, refusing to pay taxes, and increasing toxic pollution in Maine has been documented:

http://lists.indymedia.org/pipermail/imc-worc...

Finally, if anyone in Pownal believes that state or federal regulations will protect their health, please stop fooling yourself. The McNeil and Ryegate incinerators are the NUMBER ONE and NUMBER FOUR worst polluters in Vermont:

http://www.planethazard.com/phmapenv.aspx...
concerned about health

Easthampton, MA

#2 Sep 11, 2010
THe particulate air pollution that wiil be emitted from this project is the same kind that potentially causes serious health effects, especially for children, elders, women, those with compromised immune systems, are chronically ill, have heart disease or lung disease or are on chemotherapy. Particulates from wood are estimated to be 12 times as carcenogenic as second hand smoke. THe deveopers should be able to say how many tons of pasticulates wil be released each year, and then explain to the public in scientific terms exactly what they mean when they say that this air pollution is qualitatively different in its physical form and chemical makeup from that of a wood stove. That's what I am wondering about.
Weather01089

Westfield, MA

#3 Sep 11, 2010
Well he has found something that doesnt exist, a non polluting biomass plant! The NUMBER ONE polluter in the state of VT now is the biomass plant near Burlington. The number TWO in New Hampshire is the biomass plant there. So we are going to build polluters now? Biomass is worse than coal per the most recent studies. Lets invest in TRUE green technologies, not this dog and pony show for subsidies at the publics expense, wallet and health wise.

Since: Nov 09

New Haven, CT

#4 Sep 11, 2010
The region cannot possibly supply enough wood for a district energy, biomass wood pellet or wood chip plant. Our intact great northeastern, broadleaf, deciduous forest is a marvel indeed and we must protect it. Many other countries around the globe do not have have highways with forests on both sides of the road. When other countries have forests along the highways they are only on one side of the road, do not contain big trees and we find the stands are groomed, monocultured forest maintained for agriculture and logging. Groomed forests are not healthy forests.

Why would Americans start and then subsidize any industry that would destroy our great forest for another's gain? In Europe biomass district energy plants are now burning the remaining native forests in the foothills of the Alps (Italy and Switzerland). There we see a snapshot of the vision of tree burning, biomass interests.

One sources of information you might check is Vermont Forest Life, http://vermontbiomass.info/ which is a non-industry Web Site.
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#5 Sep 11, 2010
Although he made it look good on paper -- with a solar garden of electricity production, and all the jobs it would create, there was a news piece about how he wants to get foreigners to come in and work the finished plant -- and he's going to foreign banks/utilities for financing.

So, any profits,(after his office crew get theirs) will go off shore. And then all of us here in Northern Berkshire and beyond will be forced to live with any pollution produced by his money making plant. And not that many US citizens will get any work -- and the money will likewise will go up in smoke.

If he got the money to build it, the collaberation with a state-side utility corporation, and hired American workers, I might could give him a pass. It's bad enough that part of my Berkshire Gas bill goes to a corporation somewhere in Europe.
blackbird

Springfield, MA

#6 Sep 11, 2010
this is surely a bad idea. it sounds good in the initial idea, taxes for the local community, "green energy" but it seems it is a huge lie and should be stopped. how wonderful it will be for those of us who are vulnerable and will be living in the polution it will produce!
Evero

Northampton, MA

#7 Sep 11, 2010
More lies by the biomess industry.

Even with the "latest" technology, a new wood burning biomass plant will pollute more than a new coal plant, not to mention require chopping down millions of trees which clean the air.

The McNeil plant in Burlington is the largest polluter in Vermont, and that goes even with the new equipment put on the plant in 2008

http://www.planethazard.com/phmapenv.aspx...
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#8 Sep 11, 2010
From Bennington Banner

Thursday September 2, 2010
POWNAL -- A proposed $500 million wood-pellet manufacturing facility and biomass plant at the former Green Mountain Race Track site might use a federal program that provides foreigners with green cards in exchange for capital investment.

Beaver Wood Energy, LLC, a Massachusetts-based company, has applied for the EB-5 visa program to help raise capital for the project. Established by Congress in 1990, the program, run by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, provides a fast-track for foreign nationals hoping to reside in the U.S. if they provide money to boost the economy and it creates at least 10 full-time jobs.

Easier access

The state of Vermont runs a statewide EB-5 regional center which provides easier access to the program, said James Candido, an economic development specialist with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. The regional center pilot program also allows foreign investors and their families to access green cards for a $500,000 investment rather than the required $1 million in the standard EB-5 program.

The state has operated the regional center since 1997, Candido said, but the program was difficult for companies to use prior to 2004 because of "technical reasons." Last year, however, the program attracted $40.5 million from foreign investors, and the amount "should be significantly more" in 2010 because of a major expansion at Jay Peak, he said.

More than 1,000 jobs have been created in Vermont with the program, according to Candido.
Thomas Emero, a managing director with Beaver Wood Energy, said the company hopes to use the program. It will provide the project with part of the required investment, and allow for legal immigration.

"You don’t just invest money, you have to invest money in the state that creates jobs," Emero said. "To me, that’s a foreign investor that has a vested interest in the country he’s coming to. He’s already a giver, not just a taker."

Ted Verrill, another managing director with Beaver Wood Energy, said the two facilities the company hopes to build will create "well over 1,000 jobs." Not all of the created positions are direct jobs, however, and many will be temporary, such as construction.

The biomass electricity generation plant and the wood-pellet facility are expected to cost about $250 million each. The company hopes to raise about 10 percent of the total cost, or about $50 million, through foreign investors, Verrill said.

Verrill said the company is confident the needed capital can be raised with or without the EB-5 program. "We can raise it through other means," he said. Company officials "knew nothing" about the program until meeting with Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn, according to Verrill.

The project is currently in a development phase. State permits must still be acquired for the project to move forward, Verrill said.

"No lender is going to put money out the door ... unless you have the governmental approval in place," he said. "We’re not at the stage where we can entertain approaching foreign investors or anything of that nature."

Verrill said permits are expected to be in place by mid-2011.

Candido said potential investors are screened by the federal government, not the state. "Our oversight is really on a project level, making sure that they’re within the parameters of EB-5 ... and they’re putting the money where they said they’re going to," Candido said.
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#9 Sep 11, 2010
Continued:

" Investors are attracted to the program because it provides "a quicker process" for legal residency in the U.S., he said. The program, nationwide, allows for 10,000 such visas -- including immediate family members -- each year. That number has never been reached, however, Candido said.

"We’ve had a lot of success with it and we’re growing. We have seven approved projects right now, which is a positive direction for the program," he said.

Verrill said the company believes the two facilities will prove successful because they will provide a new market for the state’s struggling logging industry. The biomass plant can use "waste wood" from damaged or diseased trees that would otherwise hold no value, Verrill said.

"You can’t sell that product in the market," he said. "We’re creating a market." >>>>>..........

Yup! They are only going to cut down diseased or troublesome trees.... like they "believe" they won't take that much water out of the river for cooling. And what difference does it make if they use the north or south entrance off Route 7 -- those trucks will be passing through Bennington of Williamstown ans surrounding towns to get there.

That Good Old Boy Emero sure makes it all sound so sweet. And what's his tie to Southern Vermont Energy Park?-(the firm that bought the race track) Who is his foriegn investors, and how many immigrants will be moving in to work for him?

And how much does Beaver Wood and S. Vermont Energy stand to make off these fine old-treed forests that grow around us?

Lastly, why do we need more electricity when a first solution would be to conserve. If we reduced our electric meter spinning --- well, you know that story... people conserve, the utilities don't get the money THEY need so then the rates go up. Just like with WMECO rates going up.

No matter how you cut it, you and the guy down your street ain't gonna get ahead on this one.
Scarlett Pimpernel

Bennington, VT

#10 Sep 12, 2010
NIMBY Alert:
No Biomass-pollutes
No Wood-pollutes
No Nuclear-radition
No Wind-too much noise, ruins the view, not enough windy days, kills birds
No Solar-takes up too much land, not enough sunnny days, concentrates to much of the sun's radation in one place.
No Oil- pollutes, makes us dependent on foreign countries.
No Coal-pollutes, kills miners, dirty
No Hydro-hurts the fish and other wild life, might flood
No Gas-blows up
I know CFL's-no they contain mercury
Cow Power-no too smelly and pollutes
Energy efficent appliances-OK, if you havethe money to buy new ones, and are working.
Make house more energy efficient-Ok, if working and can afford to do it-Government might give you some money (other people's tax money)

What's left?
Wait, Wait-Let Canada and the New England Grid (way out of date) deal with the problem, we will buy from them at a huge price increase (that will make business/jobs just overjoyed to come here). Doesn't bother us if their nuclear melts down, or their coal/oil/wood/biomass/wind/sol ar/hydro etc., is a problem. We won't have to deal with it or will we???
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#11 Sep 12, 2010
Red, does that mean you are for the Pownal plant? And the immigrants that will be brought in, under the financing deal, to work the plant?

Take a look at "Beaver Wood Energy" --(such a sweet name for taking wood out of the forest) and see who is involved.

Beaver Wood -- let's cut down trees so we can build us a new home. Or something like that. My tentative position is, is BW just a money making opportunity for the corporate bottom line -- compared to the plants value to consumers in electricity, balanced against enviromental damage -- air, water, traffic,etc.

I like trees; I don't hug them often. I would rather citizens cut back on the electric they use then building what may very well be a White Elephant Bio-Mass burning, tree cutting, smoke maker.

Really, it doesn't make any difference. If he has the money the plant will be built. I don't have that much money to stop him.
whats in a name

Holyoke, MA

#12 Sep 13, 2010
With a name like beaverwood, all I can picture is the entire region being clearcut. Once again, to the detriment of many, for the profit of a few.
hard dude

Glendale, MA

#13 Sep 13, 2010
What can we possibly expect from Beaver Wood? A Dam1!

And that just what we might be saying after a while.... Damn!

Got no problem with alternative energy ... Someday there will not be much oil left .... that is after we fight a World War for pumping rights.

And, on occasion, on a motor car tour through the hill sides, those wind mills stand out like...well they stand out. But it's a sign we're doing something. Never seen a wind mill smoke. Never seen a wind mill demand a forest cut down to feed it.

Sure, this is a capitalistic, free enterprise system we live in where no holds are barred. Well, just maybe, after what Wall St. has done to us, we might be able to put down the TV remote, stand up and say,(to quote that old saying,) "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!!".
gilligan

Holyoke, MA

#14 Sep 13, 2010
After going to the links in a previous post and reading about the players and their history, I hope the state and town take a really hard look at what they are getting into if they give permits for this project.The state doesn't specifically say that they can't burn construction debris including painted and pressure treated wood. They claim they won't be, but in the past have started out burning "clean" wood then shifted to telephone poles and old railroad ties.
Kim

Bristol, VT

#15 Sep 14, 2010
From a group of Pownal citizens

http://www.pownalbiomass.info/index.html
facebook: Southern Vermont Against Biomass

September 25, 11 a.m., Beaver Wood Energy will be at the Racetrack presenting plans and answering questions. October 5th, 7pm, Josh Schlossberg of the Stop Spewing Carbon Campaign will be speaking at the Pownal Center Firehouse (still to be confirmed). We will probably announce the next meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Pownal at that time.
JKing

Bennington, VT

#16 Feb 25, 2011
{{{{{{{TO THE RESIDENTS OF POWNAL}}}}}}}

Become involved!

Get the facts!

Understand what biomass ACTUALLY is and does!

If you don't already know learn who your local, state and federal elected officials are!

If you don't already know learn who your local candidates are for this cycle are!

Contact them by phone, email, mail and or face to face and communicate your feelings, concerns and questions then demand answers to the hard questions!

Even if it's your first time and you don't like doing things like this please come to the Town Meeting on Monday February 28, 2011 7:30 pm at the Elementary School gymnasium!

Even if it's your first time and you don't like doing things like this please vote on Tuesday March 1, 2011 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Pownal Center fire station.

Educating yourself about the issues and voting are the only ways you can truely understand and be heard!

Don't sit there and let these users smile to your faces and laugh behind your backs.

3895

“We've got some hoon trouble”

Since: Jan 11

Humpty Doo

#17 Feb 25, 2011
JKing wrote:
{{{{{{{TO THE RESIDENTS OF POWNAL}}}}}}}
Become involved!
Get the facts!
Understand what biomass ACTUALLY is and does!
If you don't already know learn who your local, state and federal elected officials are!
If you don't already know learn who your local candidates are for this cycle are!
Contact them by phone, email, mail and or face to face and communicate your feelings, concerns and questions then demand answers to the hard questions!
Even if it's your first time and you don't like doing things like this please come to the Town Meeting on Monday February 28, 2011 7:30 pm at the Elementary School gymnasium!
Even if it's your first time and you don't like doing things like this please vote on Tuesday March 1, 2011 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Pownal Center fire station.
Educating yourself about the issues and voting are the only ways you can truely understand and be heard!
Don't sit there and let these users smile to your faces and laugh behind your backs.
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