Eugene biomass plant fined for air pollution

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A new wood-burning power plant near Eugene has flunked an air pollution test.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency fined Seneca Sustainable Energy about $10,000 after the plant violated emission limits for particulates and nitrogen oxide.

The plant manager, Richard Re, told The Register Guard (http://bit.ly/ooju4w) he thinks there was a testing error and that the plant did not exceed limits. More testing is planned. The company may have to improve pollution controls.

The $50 million biomass power plant burns mill waste and logging residue. It generates enough power for 13,000 homes.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com