OPPOSITION: Citizens: Hinsdale; Winchester; Concerned Citizens of Hinsdale
BACKGROUND: GenPower LLC submitted designs for a $95 million wood-burning power plant to the Hinsdale, N.H. Planning Board. The proposal included a $7 million construction and demolition facility that would supply about 15 percent of the plant's fuel. The processing operation would accept debris from a 50-mile radius and would be capable of handling between 600 and 750 tons of material per day. GenPower's preliminary plan said the project could bring about 51 jobs to Hinsdale and pump an additional $1 million in annual tax revenue into the local economy.
However, residents raised concerns about increased traffic, noise and pollution. The Concerned Citizens of Hinsdale’s primary concern was pollution from heavy metals and other toxins. The controversy prompted the state of New Hampshire to issue a moratorium on the burning construction and demolition debris, causing GenPower to withdraw its proposal for Hinsdale.
SOURCES: New Hampshire Public Radio: http://www.nhpr.org/node/8379;
Boston Globe: http://large.stanford.edu/publications/coal/references/moreira/;
American Recycler: http://www.americanrecycler.com/0605june.shtml
Last updated November 19, 2010