Community Meeting on Environmental Concerns of Biomass Facilities

Instead of our regular October meeting, the ABC has given up its Turtle Rock Park reservation for a community meeting to address environmental concerns about any future biomass facility in Alpine County.  No project has been proposed, although some think that it would be a good idea.  Measure D, which will be on the Alpine County November ballot, would ban any biomass facility in eastern Alpine County.  It is important that voters have truthful unbiased information.

There will be short presentations by Emily Blackmer, Policy Analyst for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy on their Watershed Improvement Program and holistic forest goals that include biomass infrastructure to meet state policy goals; and Bruce Springsteen, Compliance and Enforcement Manager for the Placer County Air Pollution Control District on their research into the air quality impacts of using biomass to generate electricity.   From CALFIRE, Brian Newman, Assistant Chief for the Amador-El Dorado Unit, and Megan Scheeline, Unit Forester will not be making a presentation, but will be available for questions.

The meeting will be moderated by Ed James, General Manger for the Carson Water Subconservancy District.  The purpose of the meeting is for the community to get its questions answered on the environmental pros and cons of biomass facilities, not to debate Measure D itself.

A Zoom link will be made available from to those that cannot attend in person due to living or being out of the area at the time of the meeting.

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