Biomass loses ‘carbon neutral’ crown in Senate spending bill

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 Senate appropriators have joined their House counterparts in dropping legislative text endorsing biomass as a carbon-neutral source of energy. Instead, the Interior-EPA spending bill for fiscal 2022 released Monday by the Democratic majority calls on the environmental agency to craft policies that “reflect the extent of the carbon benefits” of biomass — a term that appears to let EPA decide what those benefits might be. EPA Administrator Michael Regan hasn’t publicly embraced the idea that biomass is carbon neutral. Industry groups supportive of biomass have told E&E News the turn away from carbon-neutrality references doesn’t worry them, although these groups publicly celebrated the adoption of the term from Congress and EPA during the Trump administration, when Republicans were in charge, noting they had sought it for years.