Scottsburg citizens voice their opinions of proposed biomass plant

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by Rachel Nix

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Scottsburg citizens showed up and voiced their concerns Monday night over a proposed biomass plant in the town.

“I just wanted you all to know that despite the fact that there haven't been a lot of parents up here. There are concerned parents here. I have spoken with a lot of my neighbors and they are concerned as well,” said Dr. Shane Avery.

Liberty Green Renewables Indiana has proposed a wood-burning biomass power plant in both Scottsburg and Milltown.

While the plants would bring jobs and money to the towns, some residents say it's not worth the impact the new plants would have on their health.

“It is difficult for us as physicians to understand how a plant can burn 40 tons of wood per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and state that it will not have a significant impact on the health of individuals in our city,” said Avery.

Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham said, “Certainly we need to pay attention to what was said by each and every one that was here.”

Scottsburg's mayor says the plant has applied for all of the proper permits and says they're in the planning stage right now.

He says he's working with Purdue University to hold a public information meeting addressing the concerns of the citizens over their health and the environment.

That will be held sometime in January.

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