Biomass impact on health is questioned by US health groups

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Biomass impact on health is questioned by US health groups

A number of powerful US health groups have written a letter to Congress questioning the impact that burning trees to generate power has on public health.

The letter has been signed by various groups, including the Allergy & Asthma Network, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, National Association of County & City Health Officials, American Academy of Paediatrics, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, National Environmental Health Association, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

It states clearly: “Biomass is far from “clean” – burning biomass creates air pollution that causes a sweeping array of health harms, from asthma attacks to cancer to heart attacks, resulting in emergency room visits, hospitalisations, and premature deaths.”

This latest attack on biomass power generation follows an influx of concerns about the environmental impact of biomass power plants on climate change and on deforestation. The letter goes on to call for more support for truly 'clean' renewable energy forms, such as solar and wind power, and the rejecting of projects and legislation that support the burning of trees to generate heat and power.

Norbord is opposed to the subsidies and support received by biomass projects in the UK. Through our Use Wood Wisely campaign, we hope to raise awareness of the fact that biomass power plants are neither clean nor carbon neutral and should not be receiving government support under incorrect assumptions that they are a renewable energy source.