Enviva Opposition Continues As Work Begins On North Carolina Plant

Engineers have completed the early erosion control and site grading measures for the new Enviva plant being built north of Dobbins Heights, according to interim County Manager Bryan Land. In his monthly report to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners last week, Land said he met with representatives from Enviva two weeks ago to discuss […]

Engineers have completed the early erosion control and site grading measures for the new Enviva plant being built north of Dobbins Heights, according to interim County Manager Bryan Land.

In his monthly report to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners last week, Land said he met with representatives from Enviva two weeks ago to discuss progress on the plant, which is set to add 80 jobs to the area and represents a $100 million investment.

Engineers with the Sampson County contracting company Wells Brothers have now started on the bulk earthwork and grading phase of the project.

The project is still on schedule for a late Dec. 2018 completion, according to Land, but Emily Zucchino, community network manager for the Dogwood Alliance, said that there is ample evidence that Enviva’s plants have caused damage to the surrounding environment. “This is in no way a done deal,” Zucchino said.

The plant was proposed three years ago, but has only recently drawn opposition from local environmental activists, who are asking for more transparency in assessing the effects the plant — which is one of six in the southeastern United States that will process wood pellets as an alternative energy source to coal — will have on the environment.

From the Richmond County Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/75692/enviva-opposition-continues-as-work-begins-on-plant

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