Report: Klamath Falls Bioenergy ends biomass project
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
The biomass plant in Klamath Falls would have used materials similar to this Oregon forest matter.
Plans for a biomass plant in Klamath Falls have, according to sources in the region, apparently collapsed.
The plant's opposition group Save Our Rural Oregon said Klamath Falls Bioenergy won’t build its proposed plant because of a combination of concerns over environmental effects and the possibility that the company would lose federal funding.
Klamath Falls Bioenergy had proposed a facility that would have burned 35 megawatts of electrical power by burning biomass, or wood waste, in a fluid bed boiler that produced steam to drive a turbine generator.
The Klamath Falls Herald first reported the news Thursday morning. The plant’s project manager couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
The proposed facility is one of three that troubled the Save Our Rural Oregon group, led by 79-year-old Klamath Falls resident Paul Fouch. The group said earlier this year in Klamath Falls and Lakeview should be put on hold while Klamath Falls Bioenergy and Iberdrola Renewables, the other biomass plant developer, address various questions.
“They didn’t plan for the worst-case scenario for public opposition to the facility,” said Chris Zinda, a group spokesman, of Klamath Falls Bioenergy. “Paul had brought it to the point where he was ready to go in front of the Supreme Court if necessary.”
Klamath Falls Bioenergy had filed its first application for the facility in April 2010. A six-month stay issued by the state on the matter was set to end early next week.
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