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Wood Pellets Fuel Environmental Racism

A new review of wood pellet processing plants’ impacts finds they promise jobs and economic opportunity to rural minority communities, but deliver pollution and resource loss instead.

The Enviva plant in northeastern North Carolina is among the examples used in this article examining the wood pellet industry’s environmental justice implications affecting mostly rural communities of color. Using forests to generate wood pellets as fuel for electricity production is also recognized as a contributor to the carbon emissions fueling climate change.

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