The University of Montana submitted an application for an Air Quality Permit on April 6, 2011 for the proposed biomass plant addition to the Missoula City-County Health Department. An Air Quality Permit is required prior to construction. The application is available for review at the Missoula County Health Department as well as the link provided below. Public review and comments regarding the application and the draft air quality permit will be accepted by the Missoula City-County Health Department.
Air dispersion modeling show the emissions from the proposed biomass plant to compliant with the ambient air quality standards for Missoula.
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Administration and Finance hosts the first "Answer Session" and MEPA scoping meeting. Oral and written comments will be accepted.
The University of Montana is still seeking written public input on proposals for the Proposed Biomass Boiler Addition Project. The Proposed Project area is located at the University of Montana Heating Plant, Missoula, Montana. Comments regarding this Proposed Project will be used for development of the Montana Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) Environmental Assessment Document and reviewed to determine major issues and in developing alternatives or design features relating to the project. Written scoping comments will be accepted until March 1, 2011. Written Scoping Comments should be addressed to:
ATTN: Biomass EA
c/o Tom Javins, Project Manager
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula MT 59812
All previous comment and questions will be included in the Environmental Assessment. Check the Open Forums post for Responses to Questions/Comments from the Dec. 8 public forum.
The new financial pro-forma contains the most current available data. As more specific information is received or new facts are discovered relating to the biomass project, the pro-forma document will be updated to reflect the new information.This document is currently under review.
The University is considering converting its current natural gas fired boiler system to a new system which uses forest biomass as its primary fuel. This project has not yet been approved by the Board of Regents. We are seeking comments on the project from UM faculty, staff, students and the citizens of Missoula. Please join us in exploring the project and having your voice heard.
The University of Montana will host a poster session explaining the details of a biomass plant that could heat the campus by efficiently burning small wood chips and reduce the university's carbon footprint.Comments will be reviewed before asking the Board of Regents to approve the sale of bonds for the project as soon as their Jan. 13 meeting. The Montana Kaimin has compiled a short of list of statistics from the proposal as an early overview.Click here to: read it!
In conjunction with the University of Montana, McKinstry (a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) firm) has completed preliminary designs of a biomass fueled combined heat and powerplant (CHP), to be located on the University of Montana's Missoula, Montana campus.
As the process of examining the feasibility of the biomass plant continues UM will strive to maintain an open dialogue with the Missoula Community. The schedule of news and events will be available through this website and at the following page: Learn More