It is unbelievable that despite all the concerns in our community about biomass, the Industrial authority is still considering to sell the land to a company like Wiregrass Power LLC. This is the same company the Industrial Authority once stated it had no faith in anymore. This is the same company that just missed another deadline as stipulated by their contract. And this is the same company that apparently does not have the best interest of our community in mind.
The American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have come out strongly against biomass. Local doctors such as Dr. Craig Bishop have joined the ranks of thousands of doctors throughout the nation to speak up against biomass. The Environmental Issues Committee at VSU has spoken up against biomass. The first members of the City Council, the Chair of the Lowndes County Commission, and well respected community leaders such as Dr. Angela Manning and Rev. George Bennett have spoken up against biomass.
There is no more time for excuses and dancing around the issue. It is time for the Industrial Authority to finally put their foot down and do what is best for our community. It is also time for members of the City Council and the Lowndes County Commission to assert their influence on a body to which they have appointed each individual board member.
Michael G. Noll, President
Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy
P.S.: The above text was also submitted as a letter-to-the editor to the VDT. The VDT changed the title to "Time to put their foot down" ...