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Enviornmental groups to make presentation to air agency

October 5th, 2012 - 6:01am

(Sequim) -- Nearly a half dozen environmental groups plan to present a state agency tasked with air monitoring a list of complaints this month.

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency will meet in Sequim October 15th.

At that meeting, at least five environmental groups say they'll seek answers and data from ORCAA on biomass projects. The request range from a summary of health implications associated with emissions to if ORCAA would be putting in additional air monitors and how the agency would distinguish particulates in the air between biomass burning and home fireplaces.

Bob Lynette is one of those who is pushing against biomass projects in Port Angeles and Port Townsend. He says there is concern the ORCAA presentation may not answer many of the public's questions and leave many still frustrated and concerned.

ORCAA has planned the meeting in Sequim after getting a number of requests from local citizens and public agencies.

ORCAA has already approved the emissions permit for a biomass project now under construction at the Nippon mill in Port Angeles.

That 71-million dollar project will burn forest wood waste in a special co-generation boiler to make steam and electricity for the mill and the power grid.

Mill officials say the new plant will actually burn cleaner than its current boiler system.

But opponents are concerned there is not enough data on the long-term effects of such plants and it could emit different types of pollutants.

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