PFPI in the media


January, 2018

Inside EPA, January 17 – RGGI Expansion Forces States To Grapple With Biomass, Leakage Issues (paid subscription)

Washington Post, January 5 – A hole in Virginia’s climate plan (op-ed)


December, 2017

Lancaster Online, December 28 – Documenting EPA fracking concerns

WAMC, December 27 – Massachusetts Issues Guidelines For Woody Biomass To Qualify For Alternative Energy Incentives

Greenfield Recorder, December 22 – Green committee opposing state biomass guidelines

Amherst Bulletin, December 20 – State includes wood, biomass in alternative energy standards

Boston Globe, December 12 – Biomass plan will undercut climate change efforts, critics say

Greenfield Recorder, December 10 – State biomass use regulations under protest

Steubenville (Ohio) Herald-Star, December 2 – Responders Seeking Fracking Chemical Identities

Weirton (W.Va.) Daily Times, December 2 – First Responders Ask for Transparency for Fracking Chemicals

Martin’s Ferry (Ohio) Times Leader, December 1 – Fracking Chemical Clarity is Requested

The Intelligencer/Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register, December 1 – Belmont County Emergency Officials Seek Ingredients in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid


November, 2017

Water Online, November 30 – Report: EPA Had Undisclosed Concerns Over Fracking Chemicals

Marketplace, November 15 – “The Public Has a Right to Know”:  Fracking Companies Don’t Have to Disclose Chemicals Linked to Health Concerns

Marketplace, November 14 –  Documents Show Undisclosed EPA Health Concerns on Fracking Chemicals


August, 2017

Inside Sources, August 22 – Biomass: America’s Not-So-Clean Green Fuel

Greenfield Recorder, August 14 – Editorial: All in favor of wood-burning that’s gentler on environment

Worcester Telegram, August 12 – Burning Problem: Worcester County 8th highest in US for woodfire pollution

WGBH News, August 10 – Despite The Bio-Mass Flareup, Baker Continues To Move Forward On Renewable Energy

Eagle-Tribune, August 8 –  Clear the smoke from wood-burning proposal (editorial)

Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 8 – Editorial: Need for biomass balance

Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 7 – Battle over biomass subsidies at state energy resources hearing

Southeast Energy News, August 7 – Q&A: Advocate says biomass energy is the new coal

Climate Central, August 7 – Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

WWLP, 22 News, August 7 – Hearing on biomass regulations held in Holyoke

WAMC, August 7 – Massachusetts Considers Clean Energy Subsidies For Some Wood Burning

Boston Globe, August 7 – Burning trees for fuel may soon qualify for state subsidies

Greenfield Recorder, August 6 – Is wood burning as ‘clean’ as we think? State environmental policy questioned

Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 4 – State wood burning policy to face questions in Holyoke

Springfield Republican, August 3 – New alternate energy subsidies opponents to protest at Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources hearing in Holyoke


July, 2017

Greenfield Recorder, July 14 – Public hearing on clean energy rule changes planned


June, 2017

Renewable Energy World, June 30 – Why Biomass Remains a Challenge, Even in Timber-rich Georgia

Concord Monitor, June 19 – Our Turn: Biomass bill is a bad deal for New Hampshire

Seascoast Online, June 14 – Focus should be on lowering electricity rates not raising them


May, 2017

Undark, May 3 – The Forever Debate: Is Burning Wood for Electricity a Good Idea?


April, 2017

Portland Press Herald, April 21 – Report: Maine propping up unsustainable biomass power industry


February, 2017

New Scientist, February 23 – The EU’s renewable energy policy is making global warming worse


December, 2016

Arizona Sun, December 8 – Coal burning plant experiments with burning woody biomass


November, 2016

InsideEPA/Climate, November 7 – Planned Plant Modification Intensifies Opposition To Biomass Amendment (paid subscription)


October, 2016

InsideEPA/Climate, October 28 – Environmentalists Target Collins In Stepped Up Bid To Kill Biomass Measure (paid subscription)

Huffington Post, October 27 – Are We Fracking Away Our Health?

East Oregonian, October 19 – Groups seek to ax biomass loophole.

InsideEPA/Climate, October 17 – Regulation: SAB biomass panel member Sedjo questioned on advocacy (paid subscription)

The Free Press of Maine, October 13 – Could “Carbon Neutral” Biomass Amendment Cripple Climate Progress?

InsideEPA/Climate, October 6 – Outside Views: NAFO says PFPI white paper 'not relevant' to biomass rider (paid subscription)

InsideEPA/Climate, October 5 – Warning Of ESPS Impacts, Advocates Ramp Up Biomass Rider Attacks (paid subscription)

New York Times, October 4 Next ‘Renewable Energy’: Burning Forests, if Senators Get Their Way

E&E Daily, October 4 – Carbon neutrality push undercuts Clean Power Plan – study (paid subscription)

Politico Pro, October 4 – Greens worry lawmakers could repeat RFS mistakes in biomass debate (paid subscription)


September, 2016

Energy and Environment Daily, September 21 – Wyden sees ‘opportunity’ in disputed biomass provision (paid subscription)

InsideEPA/Climate, September 16 – Environmentalists Cite Michigan Plant As Warning Against Biomass Rider (paid subscription)


August, 2016

DeSmog Blog, August 10 Fact-Checking The Biomass Lobby’s New Website


July, 2016

Boston Globe, July 30 Why the state’s plan on wood pellets is drawing criticism.

Bloomburg Government, July 13 – What’s in, what’s not for the energy conference

Politico Morning Agriculture, July 13: Wood Pellet Firestorm, Part II

Politico Morning Agriculture, July 12: Wood Pellet Firestorm

InsideEPA/Climate, July 5: Energy Bill Conference Prompts Advocates To Target Biomass GHG Provision (subscription required)

InsideEPA/Climate, July 11: Waxman Expects Obama Veto Threat Over Spending Bill’s Biomass Rider (subscription required)

InsideEPA/Climate, July 5: CBD Cites High Court Labor Ruling To Back Its Biomass Case (subscription required)


May, 2016

Inside EPA/Climate, May 27 – Litigation: EPA agrees to deadline for biomass permit petition response (subscription required)

Greenwire, May 26 – Tentative deal reached in suit over Ga. biomass plant (subscription required)

DeSmog Blog, May 14: Why the Biomass Industry’s Carbon Arguments Should Make You Spit Out Your Coffee (guest post)

Truthout, May 13 – Fracking's Air Pollution Puts Infants and Children at Risk of Developing Heart, Lung Problems: New Study


April, 2016

WVTF Radio, April 6 – Virginians Critical of Wood-Burning Energy


March, 2016

Undark Magazine, March 16 – Pellet Problem: Biomass & Climate

InsideEPA/Climate, March 15 – Pellet Maker Defends GHG Disclosures As 'In Full Compliance' With Law (subscription required)

InsideEPA/Climate, March 14 – Investor Groups Ask SEC To Investigate Pellet Maker's Climate Disclosures (subscription required)

Daily Mail, March 12 – 'Wood-pellet fuel emits more carbon than coal': U.S. watchdog to probe shock claims on power giant Drax's 'green' supplier

Daily Mail, March 12 op-edSIMON WATKINS: Britain's energy policy is going up in smoke thanks to decades of short-term politically driven policies

InsideEPA/Climate, March 7 – EPA Actions Raise Concern Over Possible GHG Waivers For Waste Plants (subscription required)

InsideEPA/Climate, March 3 – Biomass CO2 Amendment Highlights Industry Split Over Wood Pellets (subscription required)


February, 2016

InsideEPA/Climate, February 23 – With ESPS Stayed, Fight Over Biomass CO2 Shifts To RGGI's Upcoming Cap (subscription required)

Portland Press Herald, Feb 23 – Op-ed: Maine Voices: Collins, King propose energy legislation that’s not forest-friendly

The Missoulian, February 19 – Op-ed: Montana should protect carbon-rich forests, not burn them for energy

Inside EPA, February 25 – With ESPS Stayed, Fight Over Biomass CO2 Shifts To RGGI's Upcoming Cap (subscription required)

Inside EPA, February 22 – Advocates Fault SAB Panel Over Method For Estimating Biomass CO2 (subscription required)

E&E Climatewire, February 5 – Biomass amendment reignites Clean Power Plan debate (subscription required)

ClimateProgress, February 5 – Can Burning Forests To Power The Grid Be Carbon Neutral? The Senate Just Said ‘Yes’

Inside EPA, February 3 – Senate Biomass GHG Policy Sparks Advocates' Concerns Despite Changes (subscription required)

Greenfield Recorder, February 1 – Mohawk debates wood pellet boilers

Climate Daily News, February 1 – Advocates Sue EPA For Failing To Act On Georgia Biomass Plant Petition


November, 2015

Mining Gazette, November 30 – L’Anse-Warden biomass power plant draws EPA attention

EcoRI News, November 18 – Carbon Concern a Burning Issue for Southern N.E.

Truthout, November 5 – "Abandoned" by EPA: Landowners Demand Inclusion in EPA National Fracking Study


October, 2015

York Dispatch, October 6 – DEP holds listening session on clean power plan

Lebanon Daily News, October 6 – DEP hears concerns at Clean Power Plan listening session.


September, 2015

State Impact, September 16 – Pennsylvania holds its first ‘listening session’ on Clean Power Plan

Athens Banner Herald, September 12Alabama company plans wood-burning electricity plants near Athens

Michigan Public Radio, September 9, 2015Two environmental groups seek tougher pollution controls for Upper Penninsula renewable energy plant


August, 2015

Roll Call, August 14 – Congress Can’t Legislate Away Troubling Truths About Biomass Energy (Op-ed)


July, 2015

Comstock’s Magazine, July 24 – Burn Notice

Australian Broadcasting’s “Background Briefing” July 23 – Australia’s ‘dirtiest’ power station considers ‘clean energy’ biomass burning option.

DeSmogBlog, July 19 – Biomass Industry Intensifies Fight for Carbon-Neutral Status as Obama Admin Carbon Rules Draw Near


June, 2015

New York Times, June 23 – Climate Change Calls for Science, Not Hope

Daily Mail (UK), June 6 – The UK's £1billion carbon-belcher raping US forests…that YOU pay for: How world's biggest green power plant is actually INCREASING greenhouse gas emissions and Britain's energy bill.

DeSmogBlog, June 4 –   Biomass Is Not A Zero-Carbon Fuel Source, So Why Does The Clean Power Plan Propose To Treat It That Way?

Washington Post, June 2 – How Europe’s climate policies led to more U.S. trees being cut down.


May, 2015

Bangor Daily News, May 28 – Burning wood for power pollutes more than coal. Angus King’s biomass bill ignores this (Op-ed)

Counterpunch, May 8 – Renewable Energy isn’t a Shortcut to Reversing Global Warming


April, 2015

Al Jazeera America, April 20 –  A city goes renewable, but raises questions about impact of biomass power


February, 2015

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, February 23, 2015  – Court Ruling Puts Controversial Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant Closer to Reality


December, 2014

Inside EPA, December 30, 2014 – Environmentalists Suggest Suit Over EPA’s Treatment Of Biomass In ESPS (subscription only)


November, 2014

Bangor Daily News, November 25 – New EPA report could be a boon to Maine biomass energy producers


October, 2014

Centre Daily Times, October 26 – Environmental group criticizes Penns Valley biomass burner


August, 2014

KTRE, Lufkin and Nacogdoches TX, August 12 – Officials looking at biomass plant in Sacul as site for new gas-fired electrical plant

Waste 360, August 11 – Biomass power firms mislead in their advertising – advocacy group

WAMU, Washington DC, August 11 – Environmentalists say Dominion misleads customers on ‘green’ energy


July, 2014

Clean Technology Business Review, July 30 – Policy group urges FTC to investigate misleading green claims on biomass

Allegheny Front, July 30 – Burning biomass isn’t squeaky clean

ClimateWire, July 29 – Green group charges that calling forest-based fuels ‘carbon neutral’ is false advertising

WFPL, Louisville KY, July 29 – Policy group asks FTC to review ‘misleading’ green claims about biomass

WVTF, Virginia Public Radio, July 29 – A question of language for Dominion Power

Richmond Times Dispatch, July 29 – Environmental group questions biomass power claims

The News Virginian, July 29 – Report finds ‘greenwashing’ covers false advertising


May, 2014

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 5 – Research group, Reading power plant operator at odds over clean energy designation

Midwest Energy News, May 2, 2014 – In Michigan, debate over burning trees for biomass energy


April, 2014

The Tyee, April 22 – Biomass fuel: Worse for Climate than Coal?

Worcester Telegram, April 20 – Advocates and critics examine field of biomass energy

News and Farmer/Wadley Herald, April 17 – Report calls biomass the new coal

Roll Call, April 14 – Lax EPA regs allow biomass to pollute more than coal

Allgov, April 14 –  EPA loopholes allow biomass facilities to create more toxic pollution than coal

Clean Technica April 14 – Biomass emissions question arises again

Inside EPA, April 11 – Biomass Sector Criticizes Advocates’ Push for Stricter EPA Air Permitting (subscription only)

Port Townsend Leader, April 9 – PTPC officials won’t request extension to build cogeneration plant

Inside Climate News, April 9 – EPA Loopholes Allow Biomass to Emit More Toxic Air Pollutants Than Coal, Study Says

Downstream Business, April 8 – Wood-fired Power Plants ‘Worse Than Coal’ – Study

The Guardian, April 7 –  IPCC report proposes sucking carbon out of the air as climate fix

Post and Courier, April 6 –   Biomass battle: EPA in crossfire between ‘green’ industry and environmental concerns

Bangor Daily News, April 6 –  Environmental group’s report comes under fire after citing Bucksport mill as one of dozens of ‘dirty’ biomass plants

Morning Sentinel, April 5 –  Study cites nonexistent biomass plant at Madison Paper

Crossroads News, April 4 –  Biomass pollution worse than thought

Inside EPA, April 4 – Advocates Urge EPA To Strengthen Air Permit Mandates For Biomass Plants (subscription only)

Ecowatch, April 4Biomass electricity more polluting than coal

Bloomburg, April 3Air Pollutants From Biomass Burning Exceeds Coal

MaineBiz, April 3Verso contests report saying biomass is dirtier than coal, April 3What’s worse than burning coal? Burning wood

Bangor Daily News, April 3Bucksport mill one of dozens of ‘dirty’ biomass plants, environmental group claims

E&E, April 3 – U. N. report explores bioenergy’s potential for pulling CO2 out of the air

WYMT TV, April 2 – Study: Biomass energy not so ‘green’

E&E/Greenwire, April 2 – Report slams biomass sector, dubbing it ‘the new coal’

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, April 2 – Report: Company Pushing Biomass Plant in Kentucky Misled About Pollution Rate

E&E, April 2 – Review of air permits finds high pollution rates for biomass energy — environmental group (subscription required)

The State, April 2 – Biomass plants take hit for pollution

Lexington Herald-Leader, April 2 – Report: Wood-burning power plants emit more pollution per megawatt than coal plants

Post and Courier, April 1 – Harleyville wood-burning 'biomass' power plant under fire from environmental group

Redding Record Searchlight, April 1 – Report challenges ‘clean energy’ claims of biomass (subscription required for full article)


March, 2014

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, March 20 – How Politics, Misinformation & Money Fueled A Power Plant In Coal Country

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, March 20 – Is Biomass The Answer For A Region Powered By Coal?


December 2013

Inside EPA, December 6 – Environmentalists Fear EPA Will Make Biomass GHG Deferral Permanent (subscription only)

Energy Weekly News, December 5 – Investors Seek SEC Scrutiny Of Biomass Energy Claims By Dominion Resources, Southern Co. And Covanta (subscription only)

Waste Management World, December 2 – Investors ask SEC to investigate how Dominion, Southern Co., Covanta report risks from biomass


November 2013

Social, November 22 – Investors Call for Improved Disclosures by Operators of Wood-Burning Power Plants

Waste Dive, November 22 – Investors challenge Covanta's disclosures

Biomass Magazine, November 21 – Bioenergy companies respond to PFPI report, letter to SEC

SNL Power Daily, November 21 – Investors ask SEC to investigate how Dominion, Southern Co., Covanta report risks from biomass (subscription only)

The News & Advance, Lynchburg, VA, November 21 Mass. group says clean biopower claim is misleading

The News Virginian, Waynesboro/Charlottesville, VA, November 21 – Group says clean biopower claim is misleading

Waste 360, November 21 – Investors Ask SEC for Better Disclosure from Covanta, Other Biomass Firms

Penton Insight, November 21 – Investors Ask SEC for Better Disclosure from Covanta, Other Biomass Firms (subscription only)

Inside EPA/IWP News, November 20 – Investors Ask SEC To Evaluate Biomass CO2 Disclosure Risks (subscription only)

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA, November 20 – Mass. group says clean biopower claim is misleading

E & E News, November 1 – Green groups urge end to biomass tax credits (subscription only)


August 2013

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, August 1 – NY Congressman Presses President Obama on Hudson Valley Project


July 2013

WHMP Radio, Northampton, MA, The Bill Newman Show, July 16 – Interview with Mary Booth (on federal court vacatur of EPA biogenic C deferral; starts at 31:40)

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, July 17, 2013 – Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry


June 2013

Virginia Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia, June 9 – The pitfalls of wood-fueled power plants

WHMP Radio, Northampton, MA, The Bill Newman Show, June 13 – Interview with Director Mary Booth (on air quality and climate change).


May 2013

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, May 8 – MassDEP Releases Updated Waste Management Master Plan

Times Herald-Union, Montgomery, NY, May 22 – NYPIRG joins fight against Taylor plant

Mid-Hudson News, Hudson Valley, NY, May 23 – Environmental groups urge DOE to reject $100 million loan guarantee for Taylor Biomass

Albany Times Union, Albany, NY, May 24 – Waste energy loan fought

Truthout, May 30 – Hundreds Protest Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees in North Carolina

WHMP Radio, Northampton, MA, The Bill Newman Show, May 28 – Interview with Director Mary Booth (on Solutia coal plant project)


March 2013

Valley Free Radio, Northampton, MA, March 12 – Interview with PFPI Attorney Kelly Bitov

Truthout, March 15 – Dispelling the Myth of Clean, Green Biomass Power


February 2013

The Springfield Republican, MA, Feb. 11 – Environmental groups threaten to sue state to force Eastman Chemical to upgrade air quality controls at Solutia plant in Springfield

The Ludlow Register, MA, Feb. 20 – DEP may be sued over expired Solutia air permit

The Green Blog, Boston Globe, MA, Feb. 13 – Environmental groups plan to sue state over expired air pollution permit

WHMP Radio, Northampton, MA, The Bill Newman Show, Feb. 15 – Interview with PFPI Attorney Kelly Bitov

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Feb. 28 – Environmentalists Urge Mass DEP to Take Precautions in Updated Waste Management Plan (text and audio)


January 2013

Shale Play, Jan. 24 – Report questions biomass energy


December 2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 12 – Study says burning repurposed wood could harm children

Scranton Times-Tribune, Dec. 12 – Report: PA needs stricter controls on wood-burning boilers

Johnstown Tribune Democrat, Dec. 12 – Local sites included in report slamming biomass initiatives

Bedford County Free Press, Dec. 12 – PA Subsidizes Polluting Biomass Burners Near Vulnerable Populations

WESA (Pittsburgh NPR affiliate), Dec. 12 – Report Calls for More Wood Burning Rules

The Carlisle Sentinel, PA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood-burning boilers a threat to health

Lebanon Daily News, PA, Dec. 12 Study: Pa. wood-burning boilers a threat to health

Ellwood City Ledger, PA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood-burning boilers a threat to health (Link expired)

WHTM27, ABC Affiliate, Harrisburg, PA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood burning boilers a threat to health (Link expired)

WHLT22, CBS Affiliate, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood burning boilers a threat to health (Link expired)

The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, Dec. 12 – Study: Small Pa. wood-burning boilers emit more pollution than coal or gas, threaten health

SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood burning boilers a threat to health (Link expired)

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood-burning boilers a threat to health

Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA, Dec. 12 – Study: Pa. wood-burning boilers a threat to health (Link expired) 

Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA, Dec. 13 – Wood-burning boilers questioned

State Impact (Philadelphia and Harrisburg NPR affiliates), Dec. 14 – Pa.’s Biomass Burners Harm Air Quality Near Schools, Study Shows

Allegheny Front, Western PA Environmental Radio, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 15 – Interview with Director Mary Booth

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA, Dec. 26 – OP-ED:  Dirty truths: Wood-burning biomass facilities are hardly a clean energy alternative


October 2012

Commonwealth Magazine, Oct. 2012 – Closing the biomass carbon loophole


September 2012

Rutland Herald, VT, Sept. 18 – Group: biomass plants neither ‘clean’ nor ‘green’

Tampa Bay Times, FL, Sept. 21 – Biomass Power Plant Near Brooksville Should Raise Concerns


August 2012

Times Herald Record, Middleton, NY, Aug. 10 – Biomass Incentives Criticized

Greenfield Recorder, MA, Aug. 18 – State finalizes biomass regulations

NPR, Aug. 20 – Wood Energy Not ‘Green’ Enough, Says Mass.

Inside EPA, Aug. 29 – SAB Faces Competing Pressures For Review Of EPA Biomass CO2 Plan (Subscription only)


July 2012

Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2012 – Wood-fired plants generate violations.

Albany Times Union, NY, July 16 – OP-ED: Don’t contaminate concept of clean energy

Times Herald Record, Middletown NY, July 25 – OP-ED: New York State must reject 'clean energy' plants that defy the term


June 2012

Lewiston Sun Journal, ME, June 25 – OP-ED: Cookstoves, power plants, and Sen. Susan Collins



Mary Booth and Richard Wiles, Op-ed Boston Globe: “Destroying forests for no gain (Jan. 26, 2011)

Mary Booth on “Living on Earth” (Feb. 4, 2011) 

Mary Booth on “The Exchange”, New Hampshire Public Radio: “The Morass over Biomass” (June 20, 2011)

Mary Booth, Op-ed Boston Globe: “Red flag on a green energy plan” (May 25, 2009)