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Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Brad Bergstrom

"Dr. Carl Manning, an environmental [sic] professor at VSU who has done significant research in biomass, agrees and completely supports our project."

Who? There is a Dr. Tom Manning, a VSU Chemistry professor. Not surprisingly for a chemist who likes to collaborate with industry and provide hands-on experiences for his students, Tom is a perennial advocate of LVIA projects (remember Sterling Chemical?). But, where is his peer-reviewed study of the bioenergetics of biomass combustion?? I'll be eager to read that if you can post a link.

"It is also important to note that we will be using inert landfill material that would otherwise produce methane if left to rot in a landfill."

Over a VERY LONG period of time, yes. Why not use the material as mulch (i.e. a soil amendment), in which case it would be broken down by aerobic processes, releasing CO2, still slower than combustion, and without the particulates.

"Rest assured that no trees will be harvested for this plant. The plant's EPD permit is very specific about this point, and federal tax credits require the use of "wood waste." Any deviation will result in plant closure by the EPD."

The EPD permit absolutely does not prohibit burning of whole trees. And, note, BL admits there are, indeed, federal tax credits (!), right before he pretty much denies spending taxpayers' money. What's more, its' not at all clear that federal criteria prohibit burning of whole trees (and once they're pelletized over in Waycross, they're not "whole" an longer!).

Leigh Touchton

How are they going to determine whether or not whole trees have not been pelletized or chipped at some other location and then slipped into the Valdosta Wiregrass Incinerator fuel stream? How is that even possible?

Good point about the tax credits, tonight at the VBOE Brad Lofton said 30% of cost of Wiregrass plant was tax subsidized. And there are tax incentives on both the growing and the selling of the trees, courtesy of Tim Golden's legislation. The statement that the plant is entirely privately funded is patently false.

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