Oct 1, 2013 : The Alachua County Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC) met to outline “Goals and Objectives” for 2013-2014.
The biomass issue lept to near the top of the list due to unexpected and significant noise and particulate emissions afflicting residents of Turkey Creek, Hague and areas possibly not yet discovered.
Even though the biomass plant has been planned since 2008, there was never any discussion that the incinerator’s operation would produce noise emissions so disturbing as to cause sleep loss in surrounding communities..
Secondly, heavy emissions of dust or ash particulates of unknown composition could be of great public health concern.
The Biomass monitoring entry reads:
• Monitor and make recommendations on environmental issues at the GREC biomass plant, including noise pollution and the impact of plant emissions on agriculture, wildlife and human health
Complete EPAC Workplan 9-13-2013 (PDF)
Date: October 1, 2013
Board/Committee Name: Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC)
Chairman: Bob Palmer
Board Liaison: Gus Olmos
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) established EPAC in 1984 to advise and assist the Board on environmental issues. EPAC is comprised of 11 Board-appointed citizens, plus one alternate, interested in developing effective environmental programs and policies and in promoting greater community involvement in local environmental issues and local governmental programs dealing with these issues. EPAC gathers information, making recommendations to the Board and endorsing selected environmental policy initiatives.
EPAC provides an opportunity for citizen involvement on environmental issues and concerns affecting residents of Alachua County. It advises the BoCC on appropriate measures to safeguard air and water resources and on responsible management of public lands and resources.