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Meeting set to discuss plan for UW-Madison power plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public can comment next week on plans for a $251 million upgrade to switch a University of Wisconsin-Madison coal-fired power plant to run on biomass.

Plans for the Charter Street Heating Plant and a required environmental impact study for the project will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mechanical Engineering Building.

Plans call for the plant to stop burning coal next year and switch to a mixture of biomass products like wood chips and agricultural waste and natural gas.

According to the environmental impact statement, the change will lead to significant reductions in pollution. But it also warns that train traffic delivering biomass through Madison will increase, which could lead to longer commutes.

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2 comments

  1. The public can comment next week on plans for a $251 million upgrade to switch a University of Wisconsin-Madison coal-fired power plant to run on biomass.
    Where can the public comment? Seems like a basic journalism error.

  2. Here you go Lenny:

    The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building, 1513 University Ave., with an informal open house. A formal presentation will start at 6:15 p.m. Free parking will be available after 5 p.m. in the Lot 17 parking ramp on Engineering Drive.

    Individuals will be offered an opportunity to express support, issues or concerns they believe should be addressed during the remainder of the environmental impact statement process.

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