Biomass project planned for Vancouver

In a bid to increase its production of renewable energy, Clark County commissioners are considering plans to build a $10-20 million (€7.7-15.8 million) biomass plant in Vancouver, Washington, US.

County commissioner Steve Stuart commented: ‘We are looking at a biomass generation facility that could save the taxpayers over $100,000 a year in energy costs for county facilities.’

However not everyone is as enthusiastic about the project. Vancouver City councillor Pat Campbell believes that a biomass plant would bring an increased amount of trucks to the area. Campbell has also expressed concerns over the large amount of smoke that could be created from burning wood scraps.

According to Bob Elliott, executive director of the Southwest Washington Clean Air: ‘The public will be able to see visible emissions coming out of the stack.’

The county will decide the fate of the project by the beginning of next year.

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