Dorchester wood-burning power plant enjoys wide support

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Plans for a wood-burning power plant in Dorchester County have won support from local, state and federal officials, and even from environmentalist groups with concerns about air pollution.

According to media reports, a proposed $46 million "biomass" plant would generate electricity by burning roughly 280,000 tons of logging debris per year. The plant would provide enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes.

Local leaders see it as a money saver for the area, while state and federal regulators see it as a cleaner alternative to plants that burn coal or other fossil fuels.

Even the Coastal Conservation League, a Lowcountry environmentalist group, says such small-scale plants can help rural economies while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

The plant is expected to begin construction next month.

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