Some In North Carolina Want More Study Of Wood Pellet Plans

Does North Carolina have an adequate supply of trees to feed the maws of European power plants? Does the state have policies and rules in place to ensure that its wood lands won’t be so cut up as to threaten water quality, wildlife and natural diversity? What about more trains through Morehead City? Those and […]

Does North Carolina have an adequate supply of trees to feed the maws of European power plants? Does the state have policies and rules in place to ensure that its wood lands won’t be so cut up as to threaten water quality, wildlife and natural diversity? What about more trains through Morehead City?

Those and many other questions should first be answered before the N.C. State Ports Authority moves ahead with plans to spend as much as $200 million to build shipping facilities to export wood pellets to Europe, said Todd Miller, the executive director of the N.C. Coastal Federation.

The federation joined the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Clean County Coalition, an advocacy group in Carteret County, in asking the authority to do a thorough environmental review of the project under the State Environmental Policy Act, or SEPA.

The law requires such review for any project that used state money or land, requires a state action such as a permit and has the potential to effect the state’s environment or the public’s health.

The groups asked for the review in a letter they sent they sent in October to Thomas Bradshaw, the executive director of the ports authority. The agency has yet to respond.

From The North Carolina Coastal Federation: http://www.nccoast.org/Article.aspx?k=9fcfec8f-061f-41f2-9b5f-0252c73d4735

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