Controversial Pellet Mill Put On Hold In South Carolina

Elizabeth Patrick loves her Fairfield County community, White Oak, because it’s quiet and full of friendly neighbors in a rural setting. “We would just hate to see that ruined by the glare of, basically, what would look like a small industrial city,” she said. Patrick is referring to AEC Pellet, a company that chops up […]

Elizabeth Patrick loves her Fairfield County community, White Oak, because it’s quiet and full of friendly neighbors in a rural setting. “We would just hate to see that ruined by the glare of, basically, what would look like a small industrial city,” she said.

Patrick is referring to AEC Pellet, a company that chops up trees into pellets to use for fuel in places like Europe, which plans to set up shop near her neighborhood and even closer to others. But now, County Administrator Milton Pope says the plan to rezone this land to make the project happen is on hold.

“We appreciate the council taking time to listen to our concerns over the last several weeks and reconsider the ramifications of putting a plant of this size and magnitude amid a rural community with such deep roots,” Patrick said.

After Patrick and others voiced concern to County Council about possible air pollution, light pollution, noise, and more big trucks on small country roads, a final vote to rezone the land for industry was delayed. But now, the pellet company, based in Spain, is facing financial trouble and potential bankruptcy, according to overseas media reports– part of the reason the project is now on hold.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Baptist Convention has weighed in, since its White Oak Conference Center is close to where the pellet plant might go.

From Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/30771990/controversial-pellet-mill-put-on-hold-in-fairfield-county

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