Action Alert: Comments to EPA on Biomass Burning Needed By May 5th
Across the nation a trend is occurring for the proliferation of biomass incinerators as well as the burning of whole trees and the co-firing of coal power plants. Unfortunately the EPA has decided to defer new regulations on these biomass incinerators for three years!
There is a very short window of opportunity to take action to convince the EPA that safeguards are needed to prevent new biomass incinerator from being permitted without adequate safeguards to our air, water, soil and public health. Individuals and organizations have only until May 5, 2011 to submit concerns to the EPA under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2011-0083.
Here’s why this is important:
- Biomass burning is dirtier than coal and produces more carbon dioxide
- Biomass incineration is not carbon neutral as claimed by the biomass industry
- Biomass incinerators are getting federal stimulus dollars that could go to truly clean, renewable energy
- Already permitted facilities are likely to be grandfathered in and not subject to more stringent rules, creating economic and health burdens in rural, working class, and minority communities
- Due to dramatic budget cuts targeting NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and similar state enforcement agencies, North Carolina and other states will be unable to properly protect public health and the environment
Please request that the EPA take the following actions:
- Establish a moratorium and approve no permits for any new biomass facility while EPA is developing regulations.
- Deny the expansion of any existing biomass facility during the period of EPA review
- Disallow the grandfathering of any existing facility under less stringent rules
- Because federal dollars are being used, the EPA should require an Environmental Impact Study for each facility. The EIS’s must take into consideration potential environmental justice impacts and public health impacts (sensitive communities: elderly, poor, children, immune compromised)
So how can I take action on this?
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2011-0083 by one of the following methods:
- E-mail: GHGbiogenic@epa.gov . Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011- 0083 in the subject line of the message.
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov . Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
- Fax: (202) 566-9744 Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011- 0083 in the subject line of the message.
What else can I do?
Forward this message to any of your friends that care about trees, our air, our water, our natural resources and the health and safety of future generations. Tell them you took action and ask them to do the same.
Trading one form of burning carbon (coal) for another (biomass) just doesn’t make sense. Clean energy doesn’t come out of a smokestack…