Proposed biomass plant will be safe

Still a number of hurdles left before the final green light, but this is encouraging.

A proposed trash-recycling alternative energy plant in Green Bay would not significantly harm public health or the environment, federal regulators said in a preliminary evaluation of the project released Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Energy must approve the project before developer Oneida Seven Generations Corp. can obtain federal assistance for the $23 million development at 1230 Hurlbut St., on the city’s west side.

But in a draft environmental assessment, federal officials wrote that while there would be emissions, odors and noise, the 60,000-square-foot facility would comply with pollution limits and would not jeopardize public health.

“Overall, impacts of the proposed project on the environment and human health would be minimal,” regulators wrote.

In its 130-page report, the department wrote that the plant would generate truck traffic noise, as well as odors from decaying trash. Regulators also found that the operation would produce emissions of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, along with hazardous pollutants identified as acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.

But none of the emissions or other issues would be excessive, according to the report.

Sound technology that should be given a chance.

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