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EPA Impacts

Posted on 30th December 2010 at 08:58

A new greenhouse gas emissions rule that goes into effect on January first could have major and negative impacts on Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging’s planned biomass-fueled power plant. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency requires large industries to obtain permits for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Today’s Daily News reports on the analysis being done by Longview Fibre, saying that it could delay or even kill the $100 million project. Company officials tell the paper that the new rule could re-define wood as a “non-renewable resource.” That definition could make their fuel material subject to additional regulation, and could eliminate any cost-efficiency connected to that source. The company had been planning to have the 65-megawatt plant up and running by 2013, but the additional permit requirements could push that back another year. Longview Fibre President Randy Nebel says that the new power plant could help improve productivity by some 30 percent over the next three years. EPA officials say that they’ve heard the concerns, and they are ready to work with companies that might have problems in obtaining a permit.