Get Involved Now! The Future of our Valley hangs in the balance
Reaching out region-wide to inform our neighbors about biomass incineration and its hazards for people and the environment
Burning wood to generate electricity emits carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ash, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds.
The facility will need up to 400 gallons of water/minute from the Hoosic River or from an underground aquifer supplying water to the Pownal Water District.
The wood needed for the Pownal plant will be close to about 600,000 green tons per year, more than the entire annual timber harvest on private and public lands in Massachusetts.
Burning wood produces pollutants dangerous to human health, particularly children, the elderly, and those with asthma, lung, and heart disease.
It has been estimated by the developer that the biomass facility would require the arrival of 96 trucks per day, back and forth, down Rt 7, Rt 346 and Rt 2.
Biomass facilities are notorious for creating noise, light, and smell pollution during operation. In a 24/7 operation as proposed for Pownal, VT, they can be constant and noxious.
Why are we doing this?
Beaver Wood Energy, LLC, has proposed a massive 29.5 megawatt biomass incinerator for the former Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal, VT and are attempting to rush the permitting process in order to qualify for millions of dollars in federal taxpayer subsidies. We are banding together to demand that we are given the respect we deserve as citizens and taxpayers to have a time to complete a full review of the proposal as serious concerns have arisen related to air pollution, water use, public health and safety, traffic, aesthetics, natural environment, and historic preservation as well as the direct impact on abutting residential homes and neighbors, real estate values, and the local agriculture/farming community.
This site has been put together to provide information on the proposal, the permitting process, and critical issues; to direct people how to donate to support our joint effort; to guide people how to write a letter to local papers, permitting boards, and elected officials (letter templates are available here); to provide access to key documents (other important letters written by invested parties) on our resources page; and to suggest ways to join our grassroots coalition.