Georgia communities mobilize against expansion of wood-burning energy

By Stanley Dunlap
The Georgia Recorder
August 24, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US East

GEORGIA — A group of residents and environmentalists are fighting to prevent the world’s largest wood pellet plant from coming to south Georgia. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Concerned Citizens of Cook County are asking a judge to revoke an air quality permit for the planned Adel plant on the grounds that the state Environmental Protection Division did not take into consideration the serious health risks that the pollution would pose. …The plans call for Georgia-based Spectrum Energy to build a plant capable of producing 1.3 million tons of wood pellets annually. …Georgia Power has shifted some of its energy capacity away from coal and into the fuel coming from trees. But its detractors say the plants aren’t worth the potential problems for people who are most vulnerable to the pollution and foul odors.

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