Gypsum biomass plant gets federal support Critics concerned over pollution and regulation by Derek Franz, Eagle Valley Enterprise The topic of biomass is heating up around Eagle County these days.Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced approval of a $40 million loan guarantee to Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC to finance a renewable generating […]

View the charts proving Eagle Valley Energy Center’s biomass incinerator for Gypsum would be anything but “clean” energy and actually dirtier than a coal or natural gas plant, according to the draft air permit issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

– by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor An 11.5 megawatt biomass power incinerator proposal for the 6,400 person central-Colorado town of Gypsum is moving along swiftly, despite concerns of community members and at least one town councilor. Utah-based Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC’s facility would burn 70,000 bone-dry tons per year of wood chips from whole trees—living and beetle-killed—tree […]

Read the letter by pediatrician Dr. William Sammons to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the need for stronger regulations on particle matter, a byproduct of biomass combustion that can seriously impact public health.

Read the letter from Natalia Swalnick, Director of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association in Colorado, in opposition to biomass incineration.

Biomass and biofuels: Cause significant air pollution that threatens public health; Threaten forests and farmlands by consuming massive amounts of organic matter essential for maintaining soil fertility, forests and crop production; Require massive amounts of water, an increasingly scarce resource; Deplete and destroy soils, by permanently removing nutrients and beneficial microbes; Compete with other energy […]