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Norwich to celebrate biomass heating plant

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's Norwich University is getting ready to celebrate the opening of its $6.2 million biomass heating plant.

The celebration to be held this Friday will include limited guest tours and a ribbon cutting.

The plant is expected to burn 13,000 tons of wood chips obtained from within a 100-mile radius.

The plant's boilers are expected to save the university $1 million a year in heating costs each year and replace 657,000 gallons of fuel oil. Filters will remove more than 90 percent of particulates from the exhaust while reducing soot, sulfur dioxide and metal emissions by 50 percent.

Construction of the biomass plant began in April. The plant starting operating last week.

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