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L&P Session July 20 Presents Preliminary Health Assessment
(Traverse City, Michigan) — This Tuesday (July 20, 2010) Traverse City Light & Power(L&P) will hold a study session about particulate matter emissions from a locally proposed biomass plant. Presented at that session will be a health risk assessment associated with PM2.5 (particulate matter) emissions from a wood fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation facility using an advanced technology gasification process. The study session will start at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Governmental Center (400 Boardman Ave.) in the Commission Chambers.
The health risk assessment was commissioned in late May, 2010, at the request of the L&P board to determine the level of health risks associated with a wood fueled CHP electric generation facility using gasification technology. MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, with a local office in Traverse City and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, was chosen to perform the analysis because of their exceptional record of providing air quality, engineering, environmental and construction services to the U.S. Government and private industry worldwide.
“This analysis was well underway when the L&P board decided at its June 22, 2010 regular meeting to give natural gas fueled generation a higher priority than wood fueled generation” said Ed Rice, Executive Director of L&P. “The preliminary results from the MACTEC analysis indicate that emissions associated with the proposed operating conditions of the biomass-fired CHP plan will not have a measurable impact on the local population, either from short-term or long-term exposure.”
The L&P board will have another study session on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the L&P Service Center on Hastings Street to discuss the future of its current strategic plan and its goal of achieving 30% renewable electrical generation by 2020. The public is invited and encouraged to attend both sessions.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula andParadise townships.