Missoula residents, University of Montana heating plant staff ask regents to reconsider biomass

A group of 45 concerned Missoula residents sent a letter to the Montana Board of Regents last week asking the board to re-examine the University of Montana’s biomass boiler project, arguing that new information has come to light since the board approved the project in May.

In addition to several dozen Missoula residents, the letter was signed by members of the UM heating plant staff, who have previously voiced their concerns about the biomass project.

“The regents made a decision based on information that was not current,” said John Snively, a retired Missoula dentist who signed the letter. “The university has continuously presented the best-case scenario, and the only ones that they’re answerable to are the regents.”

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