Seneca Biomass Incinerator Requests Increase in Pollution Cap
- by Diane Dietz, July 17, 2013. Source: The Register-Guard
The owners of a 2½-year-old electricity plant fueled with logging scraps have struggled to meet clean air standards since the facility began operations on the outskirts of Eugene and are asking regulators for a little more leeway to pollute.
Seneca Sustainable Energy, on Highway 99 north of Eugene, has been caught by regulators spouting too much carbon monoxide, too much dark smoke and too much acetaldehyde — in conjunction with the Seneca sawmill next door. Plus, there has been uncertainty about how much fine particulate the plant emits.
In addition, the company ran seven months with its pollution controls for nitrogen oxides switched off, according to regulatory reports.