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 […]

Five Reasons Why US Climate Champions Are Failing on Forests

As forest fires rage across the West, forests in the Southeast are being destroyed for wood pellets and burned in power stations in Europe. This year, forests have become a central focus in climate change and green jobs policy proposals in the US. Unfortunately, a failure to fully grasp the scale of climate, health and […]

We Can’t Breathe: Stop Enviva and Other Polluters

Written by Danna Smith and Reverend Leo Woodberry Enviva, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellets for export to Europe has applied for a permit to expand pollution at its facility in Greenwood, South Carolina. Wood Pellet production facilities release dangerous air pollutants that cause chronic respiratory and other health problems associated with higher COVID-19 […]

Wood Pellet Facilities Sourcing Radius Affects Neighboring States

The biomass industry is expanding pollution in the South under the greenwashed banner of clean, green, and renewable energy. In this time of an international pandemic and climate change, it is immoral, unjust, and irresponsible to let this industry keep expanding. In the South, the national pandemics of COVID-19, climate change, and institutional racism relentlessly […]

Statement: Caravan Protest Polluters Amidst COVID in SC

During the spiking outbreaks of COVID-19 cases throughout South Carolina, nonprofit and community-based organizations are hosting a caravan protest at the state’s capital. Protesters will be able to show their dissent while safely social distancing in their own cars. The outcry began when ENVIVA, the world’s largest biomass wood pellet company requested a permit from […]