[NEWS] Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Intervenes in Action Against California Biomass Facility
– by Jana Ganion, October 17, 2016, Business Wire
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 the Federal District Court in San Francisco issued an order allowing the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe to intervene in the Clean Air Act enforcement case currently pending against the Blue Lake Power biomass facility in Blue Lake, California. The Tribe has been opposed to any restart of the facility because of significant air pollution impacts on the Tribe’s members and the surrounding area.
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Energy Director, Jana Ganion, explained the impact the Blue Lake Power plant has had on the Tribe, “When the facility is operating our air quality suffers, and the community is directly and immediately affected. This area has not attained healthful air quality standards in general and we now know exposure to this type of air pollution causes acute and chronic health problems and premature deaths. And the toxic emissions from this plant not only affects humans, we are also very concerned about Mad River water quality, fisheries, endangered species, and other environmental impacts.”
The legal action arises out of Blue Lake Power’s violations of the federal Clean Air Act according to the complaints filed by the U.S. EPA, the North Coast Air Quality Unified Management District, and the Tribe. The complaints detail how the Blue Lake Power facility has violated the Clean Air Act by failing to obtain the proper permits, and failing to apply the appropriate air pollution control technology to control CO, NOx, and particulate matter emissions.