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Biomass project proposal taking lots of heat

Do folks think it is a coincidence that Beaver Wood Energy (an insult to beavers everywhere) chose Pownal and Fair Haven to build their pollution factories? These towns have two major things in common: 1) Low income 2) Bordering another state These out of state developers are trying to blackmail you with a handful of jobs (that locals will probably not even get) in exchange for your health and the health of your children. What a bargain. Building at the edge of a state makes it so any opposition is splintered (the same with Vermont's 2 existing big biomass burners). Luckily, Williamstown has been very active on this, despite being over the border. This is not about siting the incinerator somewhere else--it is about saying no to caveman technology for electricity production and yes to zero-waste, zero-emissions sources. Two promising developments in the area include the solar installation as well as developing hydroelectric potential with already existing dams. Studies demonstrate that increased efficiency measures alone can provide 19-30% of Vermont's electricity demand. Let's face the facts: biomass incineration for electricity was a flash in the pan and is on its way out. Even if the facility gets built--it won't--and locals get a few jobs, it will likely be shut down in a few years when people finally understand that burning forests for electricity is a step in the wrong direction.  (Nov 12, 2010 | post #5)

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Stop the biomass plant now

Nice job, Mr. Bethel. The existing biomass facilities mentioned in the comments are small scale heating ones. They are still a concern and should be scrutinized closely, but not anywhere near the scale of large-scale, electricity generating biomass. Oh, and TruthTellerT is one of the owners of the Racetrack--Chic Paustian of Manchester--who would profit handsomely from leasing the land to the biomass incinerator. When you hear information about this incinerator, don't ever take it at face value, even from folks such as myself. What you should do, is ask yourself a question: who benefits? Those who want to see genuinely clean renewable energy and keep our forests standing have no monetary stake in this incinerator. Can't say the same for folks such as Mr. Paustian.  (Nov 9, 2010 | post #19)

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Biomass firm files a partial permit application

Mr. Chic Paustian, (aka TruthTellert), out-of-town landowner who stands to profit on the construction of this incinerator: I am not a scientist. I report information that I research. If you want to know why the McNeil biomass incinerator puts out those particular chemicals listed in the 2002 Environmental Protection Agency National Emission Inventory--why don't you do the research yourself and get back to us? Until you do, your communications are really nothing more than noise.  (Oct 31, 2010 | post #17)

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Biomass firm files a partial permit application

Does it surprise anyone that Beaver Wood is refusing to release details of pollutants, etc. to the public? Whether or not the Public Service Board certifies this incinerator is the litmus test as to whether or not Vermonters actually have a say in their clean energy future. And if the PSB insists that all the toxic pollutants and multiple other health, climate and forest impacts are inconsequential, at least make the out of state developers pay their whole way, instead of counting on taxpayers to foot 1/3 of their bill. You would think the Tea Party folks would be all over this form of corporate "socialism. "  (Oct 31, 2010 | post #8)

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Officials show locals Burlington biomass site

Hopefully this will satisfy Chic Paustian (TruthTellerT), the person who would be leasing the Racetrack land to the biomass incinerator and who insists anyone who doesn't want a smokestack in their community is a "liar." The chemicals emitted from the McNeil facility which would also be emitted by Beaver Wood from this link here (http://planethaza rd.com/phmapenv.as px?mode=topten &area=state &state=VT) comes from the 2002 draft of the EPA National Emission Inventory. Give it up Chic. Make your money another way. Maybe you should try suggesting a biomass incinerator in your town of Manchester and see how it flies with the local money.  (Oct 25, 2010 | post #32)

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Officials show locals Burlington biomass site

Ok, Chic (the person who owns the property where the biomass incinerator would be), you have shown absolutely zero credibility and are not helping even your own cause. I JUST WALKED WITH THE HEAD FORESTER FOR MCNEIL INCINERATOR, BILL KROPELIN, ON THURSDAY AT A LOGGING SITE AND HE TOLD ME THAT MCNEIL BURNS ZERO CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION DEBRIS, ONLY WOOD WASTE. THE CHEMICALS COME FROM WOOD WASTE.  (Oct 24, 2010 | post #21)

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Officials show locals Burlington biomass site

Here are the pollutants from McNeil: Total Emissions 2,096,495.23 Carbon Monoxide 1,265,900.05 Nitrogen Oxides 460,200.00 Primary PM10 (Includes Filterables + Condensibles) 59,503.40 Primary PM2.5 (Includes Filterables + Condensibles) 58,028.40 Hydrochloric Acid 48,400.29 Primary PM Condensible Portion Only (All Less Than 1 Micron) 48,067.40 Volatile Organic Compounds 35,600.00 Ammonia 22,102.00 Primary PM, Filterable Portion Only 16,240.00 Primary PM10, Filterable Portion Only 11,436.00 Formaldehyde 11,208.49 Sulfur Dioxide 10,800.00 Benzene 10,699.01 Acrolein 10,189.54 Primary PM2.5, Filterable Portion Only 9,961.00 Styrene 4,840.03 Manganese 4,075.81 Toluene 2,343.59 Acetaldehyde 2,114.33 Chlorine 2,012.43 Methylene Chloride 738.74 Naphthalene 247.10 Propionaldehyde 155.39 Phenol 129.92 Lead 122.27 Carbon Tetrachloride 114.63 Tetrachloroethylen e 96.80 Chlorobenzene 84.06 Nickel 84.06 Propylene Dichloride 84.06 Methyl Chloroform 78.97 Ethyl Benzene 78.97 Trichloroethylene 76.42 Ethylene Dichloride 73.87 Chloroform 71.33 Phosphorus 68.78 o-Xylene 63.68 Methyl Chloride 58.59 Arsenic 56.04 Chromium 53.50 Vinyl Chloride 45.85 Methyl Bromide 38.21 Antimony 20.12 Phenanthrene 17.83 Cobalt 16.56 Methyl Ethyl Ketone 13.76 Acenaphthylene 12.74 Cadmium 10.44 Pyrene 9.43 Chromium (VI) 8.92 Fluorene 8.66 Anthracene 7.64 Selenium 7.13 Benzo[a]Pyrene 6.62 Hexachlorodibenzo- p-Dioxin 4.08 Beryllium 2.80 Acenaphthene 2.32 2,4-Dinitrophenol 0.46 2-Methylnaphthalen e 0.41 Fluoranthene 0.41 4-Nitrophenol 0.28 Benzo[b]Fluoranthe ne 0.25 Benzo[g,h,i,]Peryl ene 0.24 Indeno[1,2,3-c,d]P yrene 0.22 Octachlorodibenzo- p-Dioxin 0.17 Benz[a]Anthracene 0.17 Pentachlorophenol 0.13 Bis(2-Ethylhexyl)P hthalate 0.12 Chrysene 0.10 Benzo[k]Fluoranthe ne 0.09 2,4,6-Trichlorophe nol 0.06 Dibenzo[a,h]Anthra cene 0.02 Acetophenone 0.01 Benzo[e]Pyrene 0.01 2-Chloronaphthalen e 0.01 Perylene 0.00 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlor odibenzofuran 0.00 Octachlorodibenzof uran 0.00 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlor odibenzo-p-Dioxin 0.00  (Oct 24, 2010 | post #10)

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Officials show locals Burlington biomass site

Drink the Koolaid: We are talking to neighbors of McNeil facility, would you please contact me at biomassbusters@gmail.com.  (Oct 24, 2010 | post #9)

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Williamstown concerned about Pownal biomass plant

TruthtellerT is probably that guy Chic, who owns the land the biomass incinerator would be built on. Therefore any of his "points" are tainted by a clear financial conflict of interest.  (Oct 16, 2010 | post #37)

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Biomass permit application raises questions

TruthTellerT is probably Chic something or other, the guy who owns the land that the biomass incinerator will be built on. Whatever he has to say is negated by a clear conflict of interest.  (Oct 16, 2010 | post #47)

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Biomass permit application raises questions

1. Scale: these small boilers are little compared to a 29 MW incinerator that burns hundreds of thousands of tons of wood a year. 2. Long term health impacts don't appear overnight and few people are likely to "drop dead" regardless. Sudden death is the only health concern? 3. There has not been a study on this particular issue around this area. How do you know there are no health impacts? 4. There are ABSOLUTELY health impacts from even wood stoves, but the impacts for big burners are exponentially more severe  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #33)

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Williamstown concerned about Pownal biomass plant

First of all, do you even live in Pownal? I've lived in Vermont for 9 years, including southern Vermont for 7. Second, only cowards call another person a liar without stating their real name. What exactly are my "lies?"  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #24)

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Biomass permit application raises questions

Uh, "TruthTellert ," YOU seem to be one of the few people IN FAVOR of the incinerator. Can't help but wonder why you feel so strongly about this issue that you would disregard scientific study after scientific study, public health organizations, and basic common sense... Do you stand to profit from this incinerator in some way?  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #32)

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Biomass permit application raises questions

A quick calculation: How many jobs are worth a single case of asthma? Have you ever been in a situation where you are struggling for breath? It is probably the scariest thing in the world. New England already has the highest asthma rate in the country. I know of at least one person in Pownal who has told me they have lung problems. Are a handful of jobs (that are just as likely to go to folks out of the area) more important than that person's health and well-being? There are plenty of ways to create jobs that don't harm human health, such as efficiency measures. Economically speaking, sick people cost the state money. Unless of course you are someone who sells medicine to sick people, in that case you might stand to make a lot of money off this incinerator. What a brilliant strategy for economic recovery!  (Oct 14, 2010 | post #11)

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Williamstown concerned about Pownal biomass plant

When a developer builds a polluting incinerator mere miles from a state line, you have to expect that people in the vicinity, whatever state they live in, are going to be concerned. Biomass incineration is a regional issue, rather than state by state. The incinerator would burn forests from VT, MA and NY, while the pollution will likely blow down south to Williamstown. It is unfair to expect people to be negatively impacted by something yet insist they have no say. It seems many folks in Pownal do not want this incinerator either.  (Oct 14, 2010 | post #7)

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