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Hearing Monday on Enviva Pellets Permit

CLINTON — A public meeting and public hearing on the Enviva Pellets Sampson permit is set for Monday in the Sampson Community College Activity Center.

Enviva wood pellets. Photo: Enviva

Enviva seeks to modify its air pollution permit to increase production at its Sampson County plant, which is about 70 miles north of Wilmington.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality is hosting the public meeting and public hearing on the draft permit for Enviva Pellets Sampson, LLC. The facility has applied to change its existing Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit to incorporate air pollution control equipment and an increase in production, according to DEQ.

The public can ask questions during the public meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. and provide written or oral comment during the hearing  that starts at 7 p.m. Carpooling is available from Wilmington through the Cape Fear Sierra Club. Call 614-296-4410 to reserve a seat.

The Division of Air Quality reviewed Enviva’s application and made a preliminary determination to approve the project, with conditions.

The public comment period on this draft permit began June 12 and ends 5 p.m. July 19. Email comments to daq.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Type “Enviva Sampson.18A” in the subject line or mail written comments to: Betty Gatano, P.E., NC DEQ Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641.

The application, public notice, draft permit and draft permit review can be found on Division of Air Quality’s website.

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