Doc speaks out against biomass facility

Posted by Trish Riley, February 25, 2011

Like a cancer patient that is riddled with metastatic disease, plans for biomass plants are spreading all over Florida and Georgia. The Florida Medical Association, deeply concerned about the poisonous emissions spewing from the smokestacks of these incinerators, urges state government to minimize their approval and construction.

The biomass industry has shrugged off concerns from the Florida Medical Association and other environmental groups, claiming biomass is renewable and green.  But these are false claims as the tons of particle pollution and other hazardous emissions will cause asthma and heart attacks, strokes, cancer and shorten lives.

Momentum against this polluting industry is gaining steam as informed citizens take a critical look.  The Massachusetts Medical Society opposes three proposed large-scale power plants.  They cite an unacceptable public health risk and heeding their warning, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Regulation responded by suspending all biomass plant applications.

View the full story via The Gadsden County Times