[NEWS] California Biomass Company Ordered to Pay $4.2 Million for Dioxin in Ash
– May 5, 2017, Times Herald
A Yolo County biomass company was ordered Friday to pay a multi-million dollar penalty as result of civil settlement reached in an environmental protection action.
Woodland Biomass Power was sentenced by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam to pay $4.22 million for penalties, costs and remediation.
The action was filed by district attorneys from Yolo, Solano and San Joaquin counties.
Woodland Biomass Power runs a facility that burns wood fuel to produce electricity. During this process, ash is generated.
Woodland Biomass Power claimed its ash was non-hazardous and supported its findings with faulty methods and occasional falsified test result summaries, since the company’s own test results showed that much of its ash had elevated levels of dioxins and constituted hazardous waste. This was caused by high levels of potential of hydrogen and high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, lead, and copper, according to a news release from the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.