Stop Enviva's Unchecked Pollution

Wood Pellet Facility

Recipients

  • Governor Roy Cooper
  • Secretary Michael Regan

Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing because I am concerned about the impacts that Enviva and the biomass industry are having on Southern forests and communities. I am asking you to stop the export of forests for fuel. I am asking you to, instead, invest in cleaner industries, conservation of our natural forests, and protection of our communities from harmful air pollutants. Please review and correct the errors in the Enviva permit for their Hamlet facility.

The proposed Enviva mill would be located in Richmond County near Hamlet, N.C., along the North Carolina-South Carolina state line and is expected to source wood for manufacturing pellets from forests in both states. The permit violates air quality regulations. I ask NCDEQ to:

1. Require Enviva to install pollution controls that are widely used throughout the wood pellet industry to control volatile organic compound emissions. The current permit lets Enviva get away with cutting hardwood forests as the so-called pollution control technology for these dangerous pollutants.

2. NCDEQ must consider alternative, lower-emission fuels that could be used to control greenhouse gas pollution from the plant, including lower-emitting forms of biomass. NCDEQ expressly declined to consider better-performing options in the current permit.

I am writing because I am concerned about the impacts that Enviva and the biomass industry are having on Southern forests and communities. I am asking you to stop the export of forests for fuel. I am asking you to, instead, invest in cleaner industries, conservation of our natural forests, and protection of our communities from harmful air pollutants. Please review and correct the errors in the Enviva permit for their Hamlet facility.

The proposed Enviva mill would be located in Richmond County near Hamlet, N.C., along the North Carolina-South Carolina state line and is expected to source wood for manufacturing pellets from forests in both states. The permit violates air quality regulations. I ask NCDEQ to:

1. Require Enviva to install pollution controls that are widely used throughout the wood pellet industry to control volatile organic compound emissions. The current permit lets Enviva get away with cutting hardwood forests as the so-called pollution control technology for these dangerous pollutants.

2. NCDEQ must consider alternative, lower-emission fuels that could be used to control greenhouse gas pollution from the plant, including lower-emitting forms of biomass. NCDEQ expressly declined to consider better-performing options in the current permit.

Now, more than ever, we need our state policies to protect North Carolina's standing native forests and not incentivize their degradation. Revise the Enviva permit for the facility of Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina immediately to correct these fundamental flaws and protect us from unnecessary air pollution.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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