I write in reference to the biomass project proposed for Mason County.
According to the State Environmental Policy Act report submitted by Adage, the amount of carbon dioxide that would have been emitted would have been 668,000 tons a year.
The electricity was being planned to be sold to California and not used locally.
Adage defined forest slash as “fuel” not “debris” – this made it acceptable by not calling it “waste.”
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The total number of permanent jobs for the plant would be 24. Other new permanent jobs were never described.
No matter what the spokesperson for them has said, it was not a decision based on fuel availability alone. The residents of Mason County worked very hard to stop this.
We wrote hundreds of letters, went to all the meetings, protested, provided information from reading the SEPA and a great many other reports, researched information, and did everything legally we could to stop this pollution of our community.
Adage also received a letter from the Department of Natural Resources saying that our forests could not sustain the ravages that this incinerator would have required. Nor did they mention that our prosecuting attorney sent a letter stating that an environmental impact statement was required.
We have learned that all the citizens must take an active part in local, state and federal government to try to keep them honest and actually do good or at least do no harm to all of us.