Plans for three new industrial wood pellet facilities proposed for the Athens area will be the focus of a forum set for this evening in Athens: critics of the pellet proposals will meet at 6 o’clock at the Library on Baxter Street to talk about their opposition, which they say focuses on the potential impact on the environment and the economy.
Following is a news release from the Dogwood Coalition...
Public Meeting held by Residents of Athens-Clarke County to Explore Local Opposition to Wood Pellet Industry
Local Citizens and Community Leaders Host a Public Forum to Call on County Commissioners to Pass a Resolution Banning Incentives for Industrial-scale Wood Pellet Production
A public meeting held by Dogwood Alliance and residents of the Athens-Clarke County community that are concerned about the potential for three new industrial wood pellet facilities that have been proposed for the Athens area. Concerned citizens fear these facilities are not the clean energy solution they have been sold as, and worry the plants will pump more carbon into the atmosphere. Residents worry the facilities in the Athens will have a detrimental effect on the local economy, forests, and quality of life.
The Dogwood Alliance group in Athens is calling on the Athens-Clarke County Council to join other counties and cities in the Southern US to pass a resolution banning incentives for the industrial-scale production of and incineration of wood pellets, and urging the state of Georgia to do the same.
Allie Halbert, Athens-Clarke County Community Organizer, Dogwood Alliance
Dan Everett, Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Gail Gill, Citizens Climate Lobby
Kate Van Cantfort, Madison County resident
Athens Clarke County Library, Multipurpose Room A
2025 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30606
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 6-7:30pm
There are two wood pellet incinerators and one wood pellet production facility proposed in the Athens area. The incineration of wood pellets made from whole trees to produce energy can increase carbon emissions relative to fossil fuels for 35 to 100 years. The location of wood pellet production and incineration facilities in the Athens area would create particulate matter which has been linked to cancer and heart disease, would increase truck traffic, and would have a negative impact on the local economy at the expense of other better value-added industrial and tourism jobs.