Environmental groups not keen on ‘green’ projects
By Tara Ramsey As “green” awareness rises across the country, two major projects touted as eco-friendly have been floated recently in the Charlotte area. One is Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp.’s proposal to use a form of renewable energy known as biomass at coal-fired generating stations in Williamson, S.C., and Salisbury. The other is ReVenture Park, a project that would convert a 667-acre Superfund site along the Catawba River into Charlotte’s first “eco-industrial” park. Despite the good-for-the-environment claims being made about the projects, some environmental groups are not so sure. This week, the Central Piedmont Group of the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club, Sustain Charlotte and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation spoke out against aspects of ReVenture Park. The facility has been described by Charlotte-based developer Forsite Development Inc. as one of the most multifaceted renewable-energy developments in the country.