Thursday, October 24, 2013

[biofuelwatch] EXCLUSIVE from The Biomass Monitor: Biomass Incinerator Noise a Nightmare to Neighbors

Biomass Incinerator Noise a Nightmare to Neighbors 

- by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor

A “continuous roar.” Jet planes “revving” up for takeoff. Being on an “aircraft carrier during operations.” That’s how neighbors of theGainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) describe the noise coming from the 100 megawatt biomass incinerator’s initial test runs.

Air pollution, climate disruption, forest degradation, and water consumption are the most obvious drawbacks of biomass incineration. Yet community members unlucky enough to live in close proximity to biomass power facilities must also endure wood dust, truck traffic, and — most distressingly — noise from the facility itself.

As a rash of taxpayer subsidized biomass incinerators spreads across the U.S., more and more communities — from Gainesville, Florida to Rothschild, Wisconsin -- are literally waking up to this unbearable noise... [READ MORE]

Josh Schlossberg
Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign, Energy Justice Network

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