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EPA to Propose Classifying Wood-Based Power as Carbon Neutral

April 2, 2019, 6:34 PM

The EPA aims this summer to propose endorsing that energy produced from burning forest biomass is carbon neutral, Administrator Andrew Wheeler told lawmakers April 2.

The proposal would address a request from Congress in several past spending bills that the Environmental Protection Agency work with the Energy Department and the U.S. Forest Service on policies that reflect the carbon neutrality of energy produced from forest biomass, such as sawdust, woody plants, and residual matter.

The EPA in April 2018 said that it would consider forest biomass burned at power plants carbon neutral in any future regulations.

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