City Commission Hears From Biomass Plant Opposition

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Tallahassee residents upset about a proposed biomass plant aren't taking a night off from voicing their concerns.
Monday night we told you that about a hundred people showed up to a public meeting about the plant.
Tuesday night, a handful of residents came to the city commission meeting to speak against the biomass plant that's expected to be built near Florida State University's Innovation Park, a residential area and four schools.
Mayor John Marks explained the state owns that property.
"We will take a look at that and all the context that we have and make sure that that location is an appropriate location and that decision has to be made by a number of individuals not including the city of Tallahassee but others... that was not our decision," says Marks.
"I don't believe for one minute that the city of Tallahassee has no authority or little to do with this type of project," says Stephanie Jackson, a long time resident of Tallahassee who doesn't want the biomass plant to be built on the designated property.
The city commission set up public hearings dealing with the plant for December 10th and January 28th.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Dec 18, 2008 at 02:22 PM
    I have no problems with the plant, but I have a HUGE problem with the location. These type of plants should in no way be placed right in the middle of 4 public schools. Yes, this may help the students in college but they do not have to live here for the rest of their life. I'm sure the city would not mind having a bus take students from FAMU & FSU to the plant. I say place it right in the middle of some forest!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:57 PM
    put it in southwood since its so cutting edge.
  • by BestIdeaYet Location: Tallahassee on Nov 26, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    Hey here is an idea: Lots of property down by South Wood. Let's put it down there! BHAHAHAHAHA!! Like that would ever happen . . .
  • by FSU Grad Location: Tallahassee on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    The plant will only burn woody biomass - its written in the air permit. Building plants like this one will lead to energy independence - and initiatives like this are supported by our president elect - the candidate for which Florida voted! The plant is to be built on property zoned industrial, near the mag lab and engineering schools. I went to the FAMU-FSU Engineering College and would have loved to have been in walking distance of something so cutting edge. It is such a contradiction for people to vehemently oppose the project but claim they are environmentalists.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    What I want ot know is how all of a sudden people are worried about the environment!? Yes, we need to keep our planet clean, that's why most of the things we have now should never have been invented! but since they are, why not keep making things better. I bet all the rich people are the ones aruing about this plant because they don't HAVE to worry about cheaper prices!!! Thank you!
  • by Margie Location: Madison on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    sRobert, there was one of these in Madison, another in went broke and the other one got into trouble over the toxic emissions. The "filtering" equipment they want to use in Tallahassee came into use back in the 40's, 50's & 60's, so it's not exactly new high-tech "filters"'s the same kind of equipment that pulp and papermills use. It's the same kind that Buckeye in Perry uses, and Taylor County has the 57th worst air in the nation. They will also be allowed by state law and their proposed permit to burn MSW, tires, papermill sludge, basically whatever they want to it's an "incinerator in disguise". So are you sure you want it "in your back yard"? I think if you'll learn more about BG&E's plan, you won't want it either. Maybe it ought to be sited down at Lamont, on the Wetherell's Oak Hill Plantation. that would be a better place for it. Next door neighbor Ted Turner funded BG&E/FERCO's bankrupt attempt in Vermont to the tune of $16M.
  • by Robert Location: Obrien on Nov 26, 2008 at 04:43 AM
    Might be the idea of a biomass plant is OK, just that people don`t want it in"their back yard". The power output would be a benefit - so build it somewhere else less offensive. Also consider a woodburning furnace could have similar exhaust stack precipitating "filters" that are used on coal fired plants and have been used for years at papermills that burned pinebark, woodscraps and fuel oils. I would bet the output from this plant would be less harmful than 20,000 households burning wood in their fireplaces on a cold night at the same time. Bring it on over to Suwannee, Madison or Lafayette counties - there are always more jobs needed over here - and we could use cheaper electricity too!
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