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Potential Impacts of Biomass Energy Development

Potential environmental impacts associated with biomass energy development vary by development phase, and include direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts.

The potential impacts of biomass energy development projects are discussed in this section in general terms on the basis of typical utility-scale biomass projects for which information is currently available. The impacts of a specific project will be determined by factors such as the type and size of the biomass facility, the amount of land disturbed by construction activities, the amount of land occupied by facilities long term, the location of the site with respect to other resources (e.g., species use of the site, distance to surface water bodies), and so forth. The various types of biomass facilities (such as power plants, ethanol production plants, biodiesel and biogas production plants, and landfills) may involve different activities and, as such, result in different impacts. The following sections describing impacts during each phase of the project discuss the difference in impacts between type of biomass facility where relevant.

Measures to avoid or mitigate impacts are identified in the Mitigation Measures section. Guidance on conducting impact assessments and identifying appropriate mitigation measures for specific projects is provided in the Project-Specific Impact Assessments section.

Follow the links below to learn more about potential general impacts by phase of development: