Negative effects of biomass in Northampton

Enviva's second facility (the company responsible for being the world's largest producer of biomass) that was to be seen with good eyes, as it produces energy by renewable source, has become synonymous with sleepless nights and health problems for residents of the Northampton county region in the United States, who complain about the constant noise and dust coming from the site and the trucks that transport the toras.

Due to some factors, such as the lack of restriction policies on the use of biomass, the growth in wood mill demand was large and biomass production became only an industrial process. Another important point was the incentive received by suppliers to replace coal burning with biomass, but experts warn that burning trees, in addition to releasing carbon, accelerates climate change.

Representatives of Enviva and proponents of the biomass industry claim that as long as there is replanting, there are no problems in removing again, but experts point out that it is not so. In addition to burning wood as a source of energy is terrible, when the process of cutting and burning trees occurs, carbon is released into the air. In this case the biomass is renewable only in the sense that the trees regrow and this replanting has been done only because it is necessary for future production.

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