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A bipartisan group of U.S. House members signed a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its stance on biomass power. In the preliminary draft of the rules on greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA did not consider biomass power a renewable power source, placing it in the same category as fossil fuels.   Congressmen Greg Walden, and Peter DeFazio are leading the charge to encourage the EPA to exempt biomass for what's called the "Tailoring Rule"* until the agency has a chance to review a host of comments they have received on the issue. 32 members of Congress have signed the letter to the EPA. Central Oregon has at least two major biomass power proposals underway; a 20 megawatt power plant scheduled for La Pine and a 35-megawatt plant in development in Warm Springs. The two plants are to cost about $200-million and will bring in about 100 jobs.
 
*EPA's “Tailoring Rule "tailors" permitting programs to limit the number of facilities that would be required to obtain new source review and Title V operating permits based on their greenhouse gas emissions. EPA said the threshold would cover power plants, refineries and other large industrial plants while exempting smaller sources like farms, restaurants, schools and other facilities.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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