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July 30, 2012
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Public comment period opens for Tahoe/Truckee biomass project

TAHOE/TRUCKEE — Public comment is under way on the draft environmental impact report for a proposed two-megawatt wood-to-energy biomass facility.

According to the Placer County Planning Department, the facility would utilize gasification technology to convert woody biomass gathered from area forests into energy. It would be located at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility and Transfer Station at Cabin Creek, off Highway 89 between Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

The transfer station site is approximately 292 acres — the proposed facility would be on a 3.7-acre site in the southernmost area of the property, according to the county. It would include construction of an approximately 11,000 square-foot, two-story structure that would house power-generating and emissions-control equipment, two 400-square-foot pads to potentially accommodate transformer and phase-shifting equipment, and about a one-acre material storage area.

The storage area would include a 7,000 square-foot open-air pole barn structure to allow materials to dry before use in the energy generation process, according to the county.

“The county’s pursuit of an innovative biomass facility has been an open and thorough process,” said Placer County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery, whose fifth district includes the proposed area, in a statement. “We are at an important juncture now, considering the viability of this facility at our Cabin Creek location. A biomass facility here in the Sierra Nevada will offer an environmentally friendly way to deal with a huge amount of woody material choking our forests.”

Other on-site improvements include eight parking spaces; a paved vehicle circulation area; new driveways on Cabin Creek Road and the access road to Tahoe Area Regional Transit and County Department of Public Works facilities there; a paved haul road south of the material storage area and various stormwater treatment facilities.

A public hearing on the project’s draft environmental impact report will be Thursday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m. at the Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City.

“The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the Draft EIR for the project. Comments related to the merits of the project will be considered at a later hearing,” the press release reads.

Comments on the EIR should be submitted in writing at the earliest possible date, but no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 10, to Maywan Krach, Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; by fax to 530-745-3080; or by email at cdraecs@placer.ca.gov.

A copy of the draft EIR is available for review during normal business hours at the following locations:

• Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.

• Placer County offices, 775 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

• Tahoe City Library, 740 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

• Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., Truckee.

Electronic copies can be downloaded here:

www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/EnvCoordSvcs/EIR/CabinCreekBiomass.aspx


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