State approves Longview Fibre biomass energy project at Washington mill

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State approves Longview Fibre biomass energy project at Washington mill

June 03, 2011 - 09:54
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LONGVIEW, WA, June 3, 2011 (Longview Daily News) -State Department of Ecology officials said Thursday they have approved Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging's plan to boost energy production at its "biomass" wood-burning power plant. Opponents plan to appeal, potentially delaying the project for months.

Longview Fibre is seeking to boost its biomass generation capacity by 54 megawatts - enough to supply about 2,400 homes - through a series of efficiency upgrades. Company officials say the project is crucial to boosting the mill's renewable energy portfolio by burning wood waste for power.

Under Longview Fibre's proposal, the mill's total air pollution emissions would likely drop by shuttering aging boilers and modifying a furnace to make it burn cleaner, according to Ecology.

Daily News - State gives green light to Longview Fibre's biomass expansion

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