The state has given a tentative 'green light' to allow a biomass plant in Klamath Falls...but opponents still have a chance to contest that decision.
The recommendation to put a biomass plant across the street from her house wasn't the present that Millicent Fouch was hoping to get on her birthday...
"To ruin the Klamath Basin...it's just not a good thing."
Neighbors claim the plant will result in air, water, and noise pollution.
"And it's especially not good for the 500 adjacent residents because of the impacts and risks to our health and safety." Notes Paul Fouch, president of 'Save Our Rural Oregon'.
The plant would burn timber slash to generate about 42 megawatts of electricity.
Backers say the plant would provide jobs, and an economic boost.
"100 million dollar plus facility, that's going to hire about 125 workers." Says Trey Senn of the Klamath County Economic Development Association. "It's good for taxes, it's good for the economy, it's good for employment."
Opponents will have a chance this fall to contest the siting...like Paul Fouch, who says he's fighting an uphill battle...
"There's no way to stop it, because they will meet all the laws and criteria at the very minimum."
Millicent Fouch says she hadn't planned on a biomass plant being built across the street from her home of thirty years...
"I think our plans for retirement would have been much different had we known. It comes as a real severe blow."
Construction on the plant could begin as early as next year if their objections aren't heeded.
No date has yet been set for the 'contested case hearing', though it's likely to be held sometime in late September. A pre-hearing conference will be held August 20th at the Medford City Hall.