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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/6/2019
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3/1/19  12:27 pm
Commenter: Garland Anderson. Hardwood Mulch Corporation

Biomass is not a fossil fuel

 Biomass in Virginia is in a very large part wood.  It has been stated over and over again that burning biomass is a carbon neutral event.  There is no more carbon output from burning wood then letting it decay and rot in the woods.  The forest products industry is a very large business presence in Virginia.  They take better care of the forest than anyone else. Many operations now reclaim what used to be left to decay and process it and sell it as biomass boiler fuel.  It would be very detrimental to many peoples income and job security to change this and classify it along with fossil fuel. Please use common sense when you’re looking at this and realize it needs to be left separate. 

Thank you for your consideration.