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ERIC Number: EJ828980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-16
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Controversy over Biomass Plant at Florida State Heats up
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n19 pA16 Jan 2009
This article reports that Florida State University officials are gearing up for what could be another bruising battle this month over a proposed biomass plant that could bring the campus cleaner, cheaper energy and monetary support for alternative-energy research. Or, it could bring noise and pollution to a nearby neighborhood, according to activists who have threatened to sue if the plant is approved. The City of Tallahassee has scheduled a public hearing for January 28 on the plant, which would be built on 21 acres of leased Florida State University land as part of the university's master plan. The proposed biomass plant would heat wood chips and other byproducts and convert them to gas. The gas would then be burned to produce electricity. The project would create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and dozens of long-term jobs. The plant, which would be located near the university's engineering school, would also provide a hands-on laboratory for students to study energy efficiency. But opponents, including a half-dozen Florida State scientists, the NAACP, and some local residents, argue that the plant could endanger the health of people living in the predominantly minority neighborhood where the property is located.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida