Enviva Partners, LP issued thanking the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality for issuing an air permit for Enviva’s Sampson wood pellet production plant to:
- install additional air emission controls;
- increase production;
- allow flexibility to increase the percentage of softwood (pine) utilization.
Enviva’s Chairman and CEO John Keppler issued the following statement: “We want to thank Secretary Regan and the Division of Air Quality’s leadership and staff for the crucial review and issuance of this important permit.
Enviva is proud to be part of the robust forest products industry that contributes to the vital rural economy in North Carolina. We are also proud of the work we do displacing fossil fuels. Since we opened our first plant in North Carolina over eight years ago, Enviva has helped to displace over 14 million tons of coal and, at the same time, we have helped ensure that private landowners continue to grow more trees. Forest inventory in our North Carolina sourcing region has increased by approximately 15% as we have grown in the state and helped provide a market for the forestry industry. We look forward to continued growth, alongside the communities in which we operate.
We want to solve big challenges. Renewable wood energy is an important part of the renewable energy transition. Enviva, and the broader forest products industry in North Carolina, are moving us toward a more sustainable future.
We want to create products here in the United States that we can export to other countries. Wood pellets are a great export success story, and our hardworking employees are a vital part of it.”
Enviva Partners, LP is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets.