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BIOMASS POWER PLANTS

Aroostook Valley Electric Company (formerly U.S. Energy Corporation, Fairfield Energy Venture); Fort Fairfield, Maine. Full-service environmental permitting; site evaluation; noise and visual impact studies; process designs; mass, energy, and water balance optimization consultations; wood ash utilization program development; emergency response planning; groundwater monitoring; and environmental compliance program development for a biomass-fired, 30-net-megawatt (33 gross) electric power generating plant. The plant is fueled with green whole-tree wood chips and waste wood from local mills and wood fuel suppliers. Oil is used as an auxiliary fuel. Environmental permits included PSD/NSR air, land, solid waste, stormwater, and wastewater at local, state, and federal levels. Along with permitting the wood ash utilization program, RSE worked with the University of Maine to develop an agronomic computer model for landspreading wood ash onto commercial agricultural fields in Aroostook County. RSE guided plant staff in management of the ash program, which has been touted as the best ash utilization program in Maine. RSE conceived and implemented a unique permit strategy that allows the plant to use an existing wastewater discharge outfall to the Aroostook River operated by the local utility district. By sharing an existing resource, capital costs were reduced and new construction in a salmon restoration river was prevented. RSE developed an Integrated Pollution Prevention Plan to meet both oil pollution prevention and chemical emergency planning requirements. RSE also completed a noise impact study, measured in-plant sound levels, and performed an environmental compliance audit for the facility, among other services. Ongoing services include permit modifications and renewals, assistance with pollution prevention plans, toxics use reduction, and environmental compliance.

Hydra-Co Enterprises, Inc.; Stratton Energy Associates, Stratton Power Project; Stratton, Maine. Environmental permitting, noise and visual impact studies, oil and chemical emergency response planning, environmental compliance program development, groundwater monitoring and protection, and water supply pump station and supply line design for a 40-net-megawatt (49 gross) biomass-fired electric power generating plant. The plant is fueled with sawmill residue and whole-tree wood chips. Oil is used as an auxiliary fuel. Transmission of electric power from the plant required construction of a 5.5-mile transmission line. The primary water supply wells and pump station for the project are located approximately 2 miles from the site. The site is situated over a sand and gravel aquifer that serves as the town's water supply. The 40,000-acre Bigelow Preserve is located 600 feet east of the site. The transmission and water supply lines are subject to jurisdiction under both the Site Location of Development Law and the Land Use Regulation Commission. RSE conducted visual impact studies for the power plant and the transmission line, particularly with respect to the Bigelow Preserve. Detailed alternative routing scenarios for the transmission line were evaluated to minimize both environmental impacts and construction costs. RSE delivered testimony at public hearings to address the concerns of interveners. RSE prepared an integrated Spill and Emergency Response Plan to ensure protection of groundwater and surface water from oil and chemicals used at the plant. CPM/PERT compliance schedules were integrated with project construction milestones to facilitate an early project start and minimize construction schedule impact. RSE analyzed discharges from the plant's cooling towers and the potential impact on the aquifer and public water supply. RSE completed the environmental diagnostic studies that led to the implementation of noise reduction measures. As follow-up, RSE developed a detailed, written protocol acceptable to local and state officials, and conducted a sound level compliance demonstration approved by the MDEP.

Thermo Energy Systems Corporation; Gorbell/Thermo Electron Power Company; Athens, Maine. Full-service environmental permitting; process designs; mass, energy, and water balance optimization consultations; noise impact studies; civil designs; groundwater protection; stormwater management; environmental site inspections; consent agreement oversight; and environmental compliance assistance for a 15-megawatt wood-fired electric power generating plant. The plant is fueled with bark and whole-tree wood chips. Environmental permits included air, land, solid waste, and stormwater at state and federal levels. RSE designed a surface water and groundwater monitoring program for the facility. RSE assisted the project with negotiation of a consent agreement in response to enforcement action by the MDEP. During this process, RSE analyzed and documented plant systems and civil designs, and prepared an application for a major site permit modification. The water quality program and follow up was approved and complimented by MDEP. RSE completed environmental diagnostic studies that led to the implementation of noise reduction measures. This was followed by a sound level compliance demonstration approved by the MDEP.

Swift River/Hafslund Company; Greenville Steam Company; Greenville, Maine. Environmental permit oversight, air emission license, and noise impact analysis for a 10-megawatt electric power generating plant. The primary fuel is sawmill residue with some whole-tree wood chips. RSE also had primary responsibility for renewal of the air emission license and modifications to the site permit.

Worcester Power/Worcester Peat (formerly Down East Peat, L.P.); Denbo Heath; Deblois, Maine. Environmental engineering and permitting; process designs; mass, energy, and water balance optimization consultations; peat and wood ash utilization program; design of biomass fuel and ash handling systems; noise impact analysis; environmental compliance program; emergency response planning; and consent agreement negotiations for a 28-megawatt electric power generating plant. The plant is the only power plant in the United States fueled with peat harvested from on-site peat bogs and purchased whole-tree wood chips. RSE completed a drainage and dewatering plan, an erosion and sedimentation control plan, harvesting equipment design modifications, harvesting plan oversight, and noise impact analysis for the 1,000-acre Denbo Heath peat bog. The peat bog dewatering plan included design of a detention pond dam and embankment structure based on the results of an investigation by a geotechnical subconsultant. The noise impact analysis included research on the impact of noise on wildlife. The ash utilization program expanded RSE's proprietary agronomic landspreading model to include both peat and wood ash mixtures. RSE coordinated mapping and soil sampling at ash-spreading sites and assisted with landowner negotiations. RSE conducted a study of potential leachate from a wood and peat fuel storage area. RSE was also senior consultant for major modifications to the site permit and assisted document preparation for modifications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wetlands Dredging and Filling Permits.

Worcester Power/Worcester Peat (formerly Down East Peat, L.P.); Rock Dam Heath; Deblois, Maine. Environmental permitting and noise impact analysis for peat mining development to support peat-fired power plant. RSE developed CPM project and permit schedules.

Corporate Energy Management; Bates College Cogeneration Plant; Lewiston, Maine. Performance evaluation, air emission license, and acceptance test protocol for a 1,000-hp wood-fired boiler and air pollution control equipment. The cogeneration plant produced heat for Bates College and electricity for sale to Central Maine Power Company. RSE assembled the necessary experts and was responsible for the performance evaluation and facility design for new primary and emergency boilers to replace a low efficiency boiler. Fuel handling system designs and performance were also evaluated. RSE prepared an application to renew and modify an existing air emission license for the new boiler.

Lewiston Steam & Power (Bates Fabrics Cogeneration Plant); Lewiston, Maine. Full-service environmental permitting and compliance program; process designs; mass, energy, and water balance optimization consultations; and SPCC Plan for an 8.7-megawatt wood-fired electric power generating facility. Environmental permits included local, state, and federal levels.

ARS Group/Bloomfield Associates; Paris, Maine. Environmental permitting; process designs; mass, energy, and water balance optimization consultations; and agency coordination for a proposed wood-fired electric power generating facility.

Whitefield Power & Light Company; Whitefield, New Hampshire. Comprehensive environmental program review and air emissions analysis of a wood-fired electric generating facility. Recommendations were provided concerning outside wood storage, oil and chemical storage, environmental management systems, stormwater management, and solid waste management.

Hemphill Power & Light Company; Georges Mills, New Hampshire. Comprehensive environmental program review and air emissions analysis of a wood-fired electric generating facility. Recommendations were provided concerning outside wood storage, oil and chemical storage, environmental management systems, stormwater management, and solid waste management.

Thermo Ecotek; Waltham, Massachusetts. Comprehensive environmental management planning for electric power generating plants in New England. See details concerning Gorbell/Thermo Electron Power Company, Hemphill Power & Light Company, and Whitefield Power & Light Company.





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