Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scoping meeting held for proposed biomass facility

A public scoping meeting for a proposed Oglethorpe Power Company biomass electric generating facility was held at the Appling County Courthouse Annex on Wednesday, July 8.
The meeting was an open-house format and allowed adjacent homeowners, landowners and the public an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed facility that would be located just off U.S. Highway 341 East on Hundreds Road.
A large crowd attended the meeting and reviewed information on the facility and asked representatives of Oglethorpe questions. The potential facility would provide up to 40 new full-time jobs and also impact the local timber industry as the company estimates purchasing $30 million in woody biomass fuel annually. The company is planning to build two and possibly three of the 100-megawatt generating facilities in the state. Each site, one in Appling County and another in Warren Countyy, must undergo an independent environmental review and evaluation.

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