Despite Overwhelming Opposition, SCDHEC Grants Enviva’s Expansion in Greenwood, SC

Despite overwhelming public opposition from local residents, professors, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has permitted Enviva to expand production at their Greenwood, SC facility to 660,000 tons of wood pellets per year. That translates to logging 15,840 acres per year. That’s 43 acres of beautiful, […]

Communities Across the South Unite in Opposition to Dirty Industry

Three years ago, as residents of Richmond County, North Carolina were fighting to stop a dirty Enviva wood pellet facility from building in their community. Meanwhile, residents in Colbert, GA were learning about a new polluting industry that had been proposed in their community – the Georgia Renewable Power Biomass Plant, promising to burn only […]

Letter to the Governor of South Carolina

Dear South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, COVID-19 has now killed more than 200,000 people in the US, and over a quarter of those deaths are Black Americans, in part due to racism, social inequity, and environmental injustices that have purposefully robbed the Black community of health and well-being. As you know, Enviva, a biomass wood […]

Germany must not subsidize a switch from coal to forest biomass

International groups warn that new German subsidies for coal-to biomass conversions could cause damage to forests around the world 25 environmental NGOs from the USA and Estonia sent a letter to members of the Bundesrat ahead of last week’s debate about a reform to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) which, the groups fear, could result […]

New Media Series Highlights How Wood Pellet Industry Increases Environmental Racism

As most of you know at this point, our forests are being destroyed to make wood pellets that are shipped to Europe where they are burned for electricity. The Europeans currently count biomass electricity as both renewable and carbon neutral. Unfortunately, burning forests for fuel not only destroys our forests, the best defense against climate […]