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Shelton biomass plant divides the crowd

After critics claimed that a biomass plant proposed for Shelton town, Mason County, US, would create pollution harming human health and the environment, advanced biopower company Adage’s refinery is now facing some resistance from local residents.

Located in Maryland, Adage is developing a $250 million (€190 million) refinery that will convert 604,000 tonnes of wood from the forest floors of the region to generate 60MW of power annually.

After unveiling the plant in February this year Adage applied for an air pollution permit at the beginning of April and expects to file an environmental assessment this summer. The only way the application will be approved is if Adage meets the air quality standards.

Local doctor and campaigner against the construction of the biomass plant William Stammons explained that the 100 tonnes of microscopic particles left over from the combustion process carries some serious health risks and could cause disease.

Adage is a joint venture between AREVA and Duke Energy.