A bipartisan group of U.S. Legislators including Representatives Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 16 asking the Agency to clarify its policy on forest biomass in the final Model Rule for state implementation plans (SIPs) under the U.S. Clean Power Plan.
“Providing states with regulatory certainty regarding biomass’ treatment under the CPP is imperative as states begin to consider individual SIPs.” the letter reads, in part. “While the EPA has been generally supportive of biomass energy in the past, we request that EPA specifically provide regulatory guidance for states to incorporate both biomass heat and power within individual SIPs.”
The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine is working with partners in industry and government to preserve Maine’s important biomass industry and applauds this effort and the support of Representatives Poliquin and Pingree for it.
Read the letter here: 20160216 SIGNED Biomass Carbon Neutrality letter to EPA