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ACTION TIMELINE

July 27, 2010 – The Center filed a petition urging the Environmental Protection Agency to correct scientific errors in how it calculated greenhouse gas emissions from biomass power plants as "carbon neutral."

August 15, 2011 – The Center and allies filed a lawsuit challenging an EPA rule exempting large-scale biomass-burning facilities from carbon dioxide limits under the Clean Air Act for the next three years.  

July 12, 2013 – A key federal court ruling in a suit by the Center and allies confirmed that Clean Air Act limits on carbon dioxide pollution apply to industrial facilities that burn biomass, including tree-burning power plants. The court vacated an exemption that the EPA had carved out for “biogenic carbon dioxide.”

Biomass harvest site photo courtesy Flickr Commons/esagor