* Environmental groups object to biomass plant

Milwaukee neighborhoods and environmental groups are fighting a proposed biomass plant in their community. Why, the

“Critics of a biomass power plant proposed by We Energies and Domtar Corp. say the project shouldn’t qualify for a state environmental permit because it will lead to higher emissions of greenhouse gases.”

It doesn’t make sense to issue a permit for the project because it would add emissions of carbon dioxide at a rate much higher than a natural gas-fueled power plant, said Mary Booth, an ecologist who is researching biomass projects for a national coalition called the Partnership for Policy Integrity. “We looked at the permit numbers, and the emissions of greenhouse gases are six times higher from biomass than in the natural gas boiler,” she said.

“We’re all waiting to see whether or not they actually build the facility,” said environmental lawyer Mark Thimke at the Milwaukee law firm Foley & Lardner. Cost concerns led to the cancellation of Xcel Energy Corp.’s proposed biomass power plant in Ashland and led to Walker’s decision to cancel a proposed biomass plant to serve the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.”

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