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Forest Biomass Energy Is Carbon Neutral, EPA Says in New Policy

April 23, 2018, 6:25 PM

The EPA will consider forest biomass burned at power plants carbon neutral in all future regulations—a policy that the forest and paper industries have long sought, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said April 23.

Pruitt announced the new statement of policy in Cochran, Ga., during a meeting with forestry groups. The policy grants “much-needed certainty and clarity” on the carbon neutrality of forest biomass, he said in a statement.

Biomass involves obtaining energy by burning wood and other organic matter. Burning biomass releases carbon, but it has been classed as a renewable energy ...

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