Biomass energy facilities will be exempt from proposed cuts to power plant emission levels. The New York Times reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will give biomass plants a three-year pass while the agency studies the effects of emissions on climate change in its final plan.
During that time period, plants that burn woody biomass and landfills that release the greenhouse gases will not need permits before starting construction and will not need Title V operating permits, the article said. Without the exemption, new biomass developments would have reportedly had to show they are using the best available technology to control emissions.
EPA said biomass energy would have little or no long-term effects on climate but the agency is trying to decide how the emissions should be counted.