Open house on biomass project set for Tuesday



Clark County and Schneider Electric will host an open house on the proposed biomass plant, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

A presentation will begin at 8 p.m.

Before and after the presentation, people will be able to ask questions about the purpose of the project and concepts behind it.

The biomass boiler system would provide central heating, cooling and domestic water heating for five county buildings: the Public Service Center, courthouse, jail, 911 center and the juvenile court.

The city denied an application by the county and Schneider Electric, the proposed operator of the biomass plant, in August. The county appealed the decision to Hearings Examiner Sharon Rice, an attorney from Shoreline. She heard arguments Sept. 28 from both sides about whether the electricity generating plant is an allowed use at the county’s proposed location at West 11th and Harney streets.

Her ruling is expected this month. Her decision could be appealed to Clark County Superior Court.

Neighborhood groups and other organizations have opposed the plant.

On Sunday, the Hough Neighborhood Association will sponsor a meeting with Seattle activist Duff Badgley at 3 p.m. at Pop Culture, 1929 Main St. The meeting is open to the public.