Public Meeting on Health Impact Assessment for Biomass Energy Facility

Where: 
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Offices (11603 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161)

For Immediate Release

Contact: Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee

Ph. 530-587-1776   email: brooke@communitycollaborative.org

 

Community health risks discussed; Biomass project moves forward

Community Meeting

Health Impact Assessment & Biomass Energy Facility

Monday, August 20, 2012

5:30 – 8 p.m.

TTUSD District Offices, Board Room.

TTUSD Board Room

11603 Donner Pass Rd.,

Truckee, CA 96161

 

The potential risks and benefits posed by a renewable energy project near Truckee will be explained to community members at an upcoming meeting held at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Offices on August 20.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend.  Spanish translation will be provided.

 

A biomass energy facility is proposed to be be built between Truckee and Tahoe City on Cabin Creek Road.  After a failed attempt at building the plant in Kings Beach, Placer County relocated the plans to Cabin Creek Road.

 

A grant was awarded to Sequoia Foundation in partnership with Placer County soon after to fund a Health Impact Assessment, which will assess every potential health impact of the proposed facility. The projects is one of 14 national projects awarded grant money to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of this caliber, providing the Tahoe Truckee community with an opportunity to participate in a cutting edge community education model and an additional venue to provide feedback on the proposed facility.

 

At this meeting, the Sequoia Foundation will present the assessment findings to the community at large and explain the impacts the project could have.  Representatives will also explain the process for public input moving forward.

 

The facility would convert woody debris of Forest Service thinning projects from surrounding forestlands to sustainable energy, thereby potentially reducing the threat of wildfires and the negative impact they carry. Several agencies partnering to analyze the potential health impacts of the Lake Tahoe Region Biomass Energy Facility include California Department of Public Health, Placer County Department of Health and Human Services, Placer County Planning Department, Placer County Air Pollution Control District and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Sequoia Foundation, an environmental public health research group.

 

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee is working in partnership with Placer County to do outreach for this community information meeting. For more information, please contact Brooke Rose at the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. 

Brooke@communitycollaborative.org  530-587-1776

 

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