A report is presented for the construction of a biomass plant in Huesca


About us Forestry intends to build a biomass plant in Monzón, located in Huesca. This company has delivered a report with the summaries and conclusions of a study carried out at the Aragonese Institute of Environmental Management (INAGA) on the construction of the biomass plant. This study analyzes the possible repercussions of the biomass plant on air quality.

In the environmental impact study carried out, it is stated that it will not affect the air quality of Monzón. The report delivered to INAGA has considered many annual measures and percentiles to be able to compare the emission limits to the atmosphere established by legislation. In no case would these limits be exceeded, so current legislation would be complied with.

The biomass plant would work with a slow combustion process using fluid bed technology and there would be no incineration. The problem with this construction project is that it is opposed by the vast majority of the citizens of Monzón. The plant would be located at 600 meters from the town and would contribute to the generation of 50 megawatts that would be used directly in the electrical network.

Alejandro Serrano, coordinator of Ecologists in Action in Huesca, explained that both the Monzón City Council and INAGA technicians have had to approve the construction of the plant on land for agricultural use to improve efficiency and that said land has had to receive a special permission. The permit granted did not include a study on the dispersion of polluting particles that affect air quality.

This has generated controversy because the final report was not signed by a competent technician and the levels of benzopyrenes, necessary for this type of project, since emissions into the atmosphere could be harmful to the health of the inhabitants of Monzón. These benzopyrene measurements should be done in winter, when wood burning peaks and so do atmospheric emissions.

Serrano's argument is as follows:

“The plant would work with the burning of 1.200.000 kilos of poplar wood per dayIe 54.000 an hour, 24 hours a day, eleven months a year, 600 meters from the town. We are not talking about a bonfire but about an installation that aims to generate energy for some 300.000 inhabitants with wood intended for human or animal consumption, in a country in which on the day that more energy is consumed, half of the total power that is consumed is spent. is generated".

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