Group files appeal over Tahoe/Truckee biomass project
January 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. – A national organization that works to protect nearly extinct species has filed an appeal regarding the proposed two-megawatt Cabin Creek Biomass Energy Facility, a Placer County official confirmed Wednesday.
The Center for Biological Diversity submitted the appeal after the Placer County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit and certified the project’s final Environmental Impact Report on Dec. 20, said Brett Storey, Placer County project manager for the biomass facility.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors will hear the appeal in either February or March, Storey said.
The appeal is based on the EIR’s inadequate analysis on potential greenhouse gas emission amounts and the facility’s potential ripple effect on area forests and forest management, said Kevin Bundy, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, Wednesday morning.
He added the center’s main concern is that correct environmental information is used during the decision-making process for the biomass facility.
The Center for Biological Diversity’s main offices are in Tuscon, Ariz., with numerous field offices throughout the United States, the closest of which is in San Francisco. Learn more about the center at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org.