Biomass Pulling Out?

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

The Tallahassee Council of Neighborhood Associations meeting will be held at the Tallahassee Amtrak Station on Railroad Avenue in the Community Room at 6:30 p.m.


The Tallahassee Council of Neighborhood Associations... also known as CONA... has canceled Monday's public forum on the proposed plant.
The forum was scheduled for 6 o'clock Monday night and was going to include a panel discussion about the biomass facility.
CONA's president Stephen Hogge says he received word from the company BG&E that it was backing off from building a plant in Tallahassee after negative response from area residents.
"They specifically said that they would be informing the city today that they would be withdrawing the project from the FSU master plan," says Hogge.
Hogge also says BG&E officials told him that other Florida counties have expressed interest in having the biomass company build the plant in their part of the state.
Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor says he's still holding a town meeting on the proposed biomass plant tonight at 6:30. The location will be announced shortly.

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  • by me Location: here on Dec 2, 2008 at 04:39 PM
    I think a lot of people have no clue what effect these things have on the environment, including me... Who do you believe??? I've read all kinds of info on this...What are they burning? Dookie????(per someone below) Is this an incinerator that creates heat or "plasma arc" technology that creates gases that can be used for energy?
  • by Bill on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    What a suprise, another company denied to locate in Leon county. Several more have moved to Gadsden county and many more to Thomasville and Valdosta. There is no industrial jobs here and wonder why? Think of the thousands of jobs over the years that Leon has run off and the revenue lost to the county and city. Wait until the recession hits here harder, then maybe the city and county commissioners will realize that we need buisnesses to come here. There are only so many state, city and county jobs, other than that medical and law firms and resturaunt.
  • by FSU Grad on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    20 jobs is better than 0 jobs!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    The same people complaining about this are the same people whose neighborhood is overrun with crime and garbage. Have you ever driven down Roberts...garbage everywhere. Its pretty sad!
  • by sarcasm r me on Dec 2, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    Hey Tallahassee, Why must business bear all the burden? Why don't YOU do something to help clean up the air? I suggest mandatory addition of filters and scrubbers on ALL wood burning fireplaces and wood, coal and oil fired heaters. (does anyone other than power plants use coal anymore?) Gas and electric heaters are already pretty clean so they shouldn't need additional scrubbing. Retrofitting every house in Tallahassee/Leon Co. should only cost a few million and think how much cleaner the air could be FOR THE CHILDREN!
  • by George Location: in the jungle on Dec 2, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    "Big Burn place throwing all sorts of dookie into the air"... and here I thought this biomass plant was going to be limited to burning wood pulp. You know, the stuff you get when you saw wood? I had no idea they were going to be burning dookie...
  • by BBCAT Location: Tallahassee on Dec 2, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    Note to ccw "They can take it to Jefferson co. they already have one would welcome another. IT;s all about the $$$$$$$" There WERE 2 biomass burners, one in Jefferson, 1 in Madison County, no longer. One closed when residents learned that MSW garbage from New York was being burned emitting poisons; the other closed when it had emissions problems then went bankrupt. I doubt after those 2 boondoggle fiascos that Madison & Jefferson would be fooled again. Our Legislators have very unwisely, at the behest of garbage lobbyists, Ginger Wetherell and BG&E, changed the definition of biomass so that these burners can now legally burn MSW, toxic paper mill wastes, and other wastes (who is going to stop them? not DEP!) so that YOUR air will be unhealthy. Yes, it's all about the money - going into BG&E & the Wetherells' pockets..coming out of YOURS via millions in so-called "renewables" subsidie$. They should be ashamed, but they are not. Biomass is a bioMESS, it is a bad plan anywhere
  • by notadummy Location: Ga on Dec 1, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    This is just more deception from BG&E. Their permit would have violated existing laws and these guys are just trying to pass the buck.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Dec 1, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    What a bunch of hypocritical earth worshipers. Bob
  • by Juson Location: Quincy on Dec 1, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    Well done BBCAT!!! Informed and well spoken! Boo Yah!! The "Bio Mass" plant WILL be an incinerator. Big Burn place throwing all sorts of dookie into the air! Don't want, don't need!
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