Enviva Thanks Alabama Department of Environmental Management for Opportunity to Hear from Community Ahead of Proposed Pellet Plant Construction in Sumter County
BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2019--
Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat, issued a statement today thanking the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for its efforts to ensure that residents’ and other interested parties’ voices were heard during a hearing at the Livingston Civic Center tonight. The hearing was held in response to Enviva’s request for a permit to construct a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County.
In early October, Enviva joined members of the Sumter and Epes communities for a ceremony where Governor Kay Ivey announced the completion of a state project development agreement with Enviva. Enviva expects the proposed wood pellet production plant in Epes to be the next facility in its strategic asset cluster in the Gulf region, which is expected to include other pellet plants in the states of Mississippi and Alabama and a deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Pascagoula. The proposed plant, which would be located at the Port of Epes Industrial Park, would represent an initial investment of approximately $175 million and would create a minimum of 85 full-time jobs and an estimated 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation, and local services.
Enviva’s Chairman & CEO John Keppler issued the following statement after tonight’s hearing in Sumter County:
“We are grateful for the work that ADEM has done on this permit and appreciate the opportunity to hear from residents and other stakeholders tonight in Sumter County as we work together to create jobs and a strong community. We are especially grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community over the last few months.
“Last month, when I had the privilege to join Governor Ivey, Secretary Canfield, Mayors Tartt and Porter, Senator Singleton and Commissioner Campbell, I talked about how Enviva’s proposed facility would not just be a wood pellet plant in their county. We will be more than that. We will be a part of this community. We will be a good corporate citizen and a good neighbor. We intend to hire locally first, as we do with all of our facilities, and expect to be a source for well-paying, long-term jobs in Sumter County. As I mentioned when we were together, every ton the Epes plant will produce over the next several decades has already been sold, so western Alabama can count on Enviva for a long time to come.”
Enviva has an unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. As the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has noted, renewable wood energy is an important part of keeping global temperatures in check, and an incentive for private landowners in Alabama and elsewhere to keep growing more trees. We look forward to working with local landowners who share our belief in keeping forests as forests. We also pledge to uphold the most stringent safety and air quality controls as we do with all our operations.”
The written comment period remains open through Friday, November 15 th at 5 p.m.
About the Epes permit:
In consultation with the ADEM, Enviva requested an air construction permit for the proposed Epes plant:
Additional background information on the permits and Enviva’s operations:
Additional Background on Enviva and Renewable Wood Energy
To learn more about Enviva, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.
About Enviva Holdings, LP
Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, Enviva Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States. We export our pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by about 80 percent. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,000 people and support many other businesses in the rural South, where jobs and economic opportunity are sometimes scarce. Enviva Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly-traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and Enviva Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. To learn more about Enviva Holdings, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com and follow us on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/envivabiomass ) and Twitter (@EnvivaBiomass).
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