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Yes, I see what you are saying about our hospital, we only have one here, but it is set up to burn any pelletized fuel. I agree that it is small scale compared to a city, but we live in a small town. My point was the hospital shows what can happen on a larger scale.
I understand that harvesting biomass means actively going into the forest. We actively go into the forest for logging and thinning. I disagree with your assumption of the quantity of the biomass fuel available in the forest I work in. It has the down woody debris as a resource in a volume that could be used in a biomass plant along with all the juniper that is cut and just left to be burnt. Even though the juniper is not renewable it is a resource to augment the renewable resource.
I don't see all the seedling being planted in the slash pile areas you are talking of. Most of the trees on our forest are planted in areas where forest fires have occurred. As far as the few guys and a pumper truck are concerned that is not how we take care of much of the slash here. I guess you could call a thinning project with slash piles a couple of guys, we actively thin using contractors and they are responsible for the slash piles they generate and have to use forest protocols. Some slash piles are used to school our fire crews in the spring. Some slash pile left after a sale and not required to be removed are used for public use firewood, sometime free use. So on our forest this is Not the only reason slash piles are burnt. I guess even it was the only reason those slash piles were burnt it does not discount the fact that the slash could be used by a biomass plant instead of being burnt, burnt without all the emissions being released.
I don't know about your forest protocols and contracts but ours are monitored, sometimes daily. I have watched our forest work hand in hand with those groups that pursue lawsuits. All you need to do is drive a few miles into this Eastern Oregon forest and you will see slash. Under story burning, we do our fair share of that, also involves fuels that could be used in a biomass plant.
We are all forced by a court of law to do a sundry of things daily, wear your seat belt, pay your taxes, etc. We have to leave room for trust, or if we don't, get involved. Keep your enemies close might be a good adage, if you feel they are.
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