Enviva Thanks VA DEQ for the Opportunities to Hear from Stakeholders in Permitting Process
BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 12, 2019--
Enviva Partners, LP, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which provide low-carbon, renewable power, issued a statement today thanking the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for their work to ensure that residents’ and other interested parties’ voices were heard during an extensive public comment period as well as at tonight’s public hearing held at the Paul D. Camp Community College. The comment period, which concludes on September 27 th, and tonight’s hearing, are part of a permit modification process initiated by Enviva’s request to voluntarily increase air quality controls at its Southampton wood pellet production plant in connection with its planned production increase and increase in softwood utilization.
Enviva Chairman & CEO John Keppler issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire company, I want to express genuine gratitude to the Virginia DEQ for their overwhelming commitment to ensuring that stakeholders in and around our Southampton wood pellet plant had ample opportunities to express their views about our permit request which goes above and beyond the current air quality standards.”
“This is a critical time for renewable wood energy. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated definitively that biomass is a required part of an all-in renewable energy solution on climate change.”
“As we grow to meet the increasing global demand for sustainable low-carbon biomass fuel, we will continue to make substantial investments in environmental control technology, reflecting our strong commitment to the communities where we live and work. This permit application is part of that investment. Enviva will continue to not only meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act and state and local standards – we will work to exceed those standards.”
Economic analysis data indicates that Enviva’s presence in the state of Virginia contributes over $125.5 million annually in regional economic impact and supports approximately 450 direct and indirect jobs. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of families in Southampton County living below the poverty rate has decreased by over 12 percent since Enviva’s Southampton plant opened.
About the Southampton permit:
In consultation with the Virginia DEQ, Enviva requested modifications to the air permit for the Southampton plant that will allow it to:
Additional background information on the permits and Enviva’s operations:
Additional Background on Enviva and Renewable Wood Energy
About Enviva Partners, LP
Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates seven plants with a combined production capacity of over 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.
To learn more about Enviva Partners, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.
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