Battle over biomass heats up in Longview, Wash.

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A Longview, Wash., pulp mill is moving ahead with a 54-megawatt expansion that would burn wood waste to provide power for 2,400 homes.

The Longview Daily News says the biomass energy project by Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc. would be the largest in Washington state.

The state Department of Ecology earlier this month approved the company's permit application. Opponents including the coordinator of Seattle-based No Biomass Burn say they plan to appeal the decision to the state's hearings board. They say burning wood waste sends harmful pollution into the air.

Company officials say the project is crucial to boosting the mill's renewable energy portfolio.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com