Renewable energy, it turns out, can have a dirty underbelly. Two Central Valley biomass plants that burn agricultural waste to generate power were fined by the EPA for violating the Clean Air Act. The EPA says they emitted excessive levels of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide and were fined more than $800,000 collectively. Owner Global Ampersand of Boston touted the environmental benefits of the plants when they opened in 2008. [California Watch]
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