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New study: Burning wood from ‘sustainably managed’ forests increases carbon pollution for 40+ years

A new analysis by experts in carbon lifecycle modeling reveals that cutting down trees from sustainably managed forests—a practice many in the in...

Legal challenge forces N.C. wood pellet facility to install pollution controls

The world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants, Enviva, agreed to install equipment to cut air pollution at a biomass plan...

Air permit challenged for expansion of wood pellet manufacturing plant

SELC and the Environmental Integrity Project, on behalf of their client Clean Air Carolina, this week challenged an air quality permit the North...

Faulty assumptions translate to burning Southeast forests for European energy

The profile of biomass energy has been raised in recent weeks as faraway policy decisions in the European Union implicate the health of Southeast...

U.K.’s abandonment of coal could threaten Southern forests

While President Trump is doubling down on coal as an energy source, British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed this week to give up the dirty fossi...

N.C. citizens group, SELC challenge permit for polluter issued without public notice

On behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, SELC challenged a new state air permit for a proposed Enviva wood pellet plant because it...

New findings conclude burning SE forests as wood pellets increases heat-trapping pollution

An independent analysis published today by the United Kingdom’s Chatham House confirmed that chopping down the Southeast’s forests and wetlands t...

SELC and partners criticize USDA support for biomass energy

In a recent letter addressed to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, SELC and seven partner organizations challenged Secr...

Industry attempts to undo carbon calculations for biomass in Senate bill

The U.S. Senate is expected, this week, to adopt language in its version of the federal energy bill that would undo years of progress toward reco...

State fails to properly curb carbon impact of N.C. wood pellet facilities

A proposed facility that would use wood biomass to manufacture wood pellets for export to Europe violates air quality regulations by failing to m...

Loss of U.K. biomass subsidy delivers blow to U.S. wood pellet industry

This summer the British government announced it would end a major subsidy for the use of biomass—wood and other plant material—as a fuel source....

Wood pellet exports wreaking havoc on climate and forests

An investigation by The Washington Post today examines how the failure to accurately account for carbon emissions from woody biomass under Europe...

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