Why is a Japanese Delegation Visiting Rural Mississippi?

Guest Post By Carmella Wren-Causey Across the world, countries are interested in the growing bioenergy industry’s claims about carbon neutrality. Woody biomass companies like Drax and Enviva claim that burning wood pellets instead of coal won’t contribute to climate change. This claim is not backed up by science, but the myth still persists. Many European […]

Environmental Racism in the United States

Guest Post By Amber Skinner Environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, and income” in all environmental decisions and policies (EPA, 2020). Unfortunately, environmental justice is rarely achieved. Instead, many communities of color are subjected to environmental racism. According to a 2007 study, it’s […]

polluted water contributes to environmental racism

The International Day of Action on Biomass

From the piney woods of Mississippi, to the swamps of Georgia, and over to the wetlands of the coast of North Carolina, I love the forests of our region dearly. My eyes light up every time I see magnificent trees kiss the Southern skies. You don’t grow up surrounded by that type of beauty and […]

South Carolina Wood Pellet Facility Fight

Guest Post by Robby Phillips In June, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) held a routine public hearing about a proposed permit for a wood pellet facility that would grind wood into pellets in a process that emits dangerous pollution and then ship those pellets overseas to be burned for biomass fuel. […]

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, […]