‘We are absolutely excited about this project’
California’s first-ever community-scale biomass plant got a unanimous set of thumbs up from the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, which, barring litigation, clears the way for financing and construction of the North Fork facility.
A handful of officials from several environmental agencies and the North Fork Community Development Council (NFCDC) were on hand to voice support for the plant, which they said will create jobs, help trim back overgrown forests, create sustainable energy and will likely serve as the model for similar projects statewide.
“To me you can’t have a bigger win-win than that,” said Dan Rosenberg, president of the NFCDC about the proposed plant’s benefits. “We are absolutely excited about this project.”
Rosenberg and others pointed to the small lumber town’s economic woes after its mill — the source of 145 jobs — was shut down in 1994 over environmental concerns...