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Silver Bay residents to vote on bio-mass project

It’s touted as the first of its kind in the world: a biomass-fueled power plant that would produce heat and energy for a waterfront industrial eco-park, which would also include a plant that would produce wood pellets for the retail market.

Voters in Silver Bay, on Lake Superior’s North Shore, will be asked to vote in May on whether to go ahead with funding for the ambitious project, says the Duluth News Tribune.

Another potential anchor for the development, says the paper, is “a combination greenhouse and fish farm that would produce fish, fruits and vegetables for the local market and even algae for biodiesel production. Waste from the fish farm would become food for the algae.”

Officials say the project would create 40 construction jobs and the pellet plant would employ about 15.  

Voters can learn more during public forums on the project at 6 p.m. March 23 and April 19 at Reunion Hall in Silver Bay.

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