EPA clean air regulations threaten biomass


Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would make it difficult to operate Oregon biomass plants.

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Proposed clean air regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would make it difficult to launch and operate Oregon biomass plants.

Biomass, or using vegetation for fuel, has basked in a green glow in recent years, winning subsidies, bipartisan political support and a renewable energy designation in Oregon and nationwide that groups it with nonpolluting solar, wave and wind power. Oregon backers are hoping wood-fired power plants will spur thinning in the state’s abundant national forests, create thousands of rural jobs and provide a domestic source of fuel.

But the industry is in its infancy, supporters say, and new EPA rules could kill it.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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