Press Release | January 7, 2021

NCDEQ Air Permit for Smithfield-Dominion Biogas Facility

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following statement from Blakely Hildebrand, an attorney at the center, regarding the air permit for a large-scale Align RNG biogas facility issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

“We are disappointed in DEQ’s decision to issue an air permit for Smithfield and Dominion’s biogas facility without considering the cumulative harm of this project to our air and water and nearby communities that are disproportionately Black and Brown. Moreover, DEQ issued this permit without complete information from Smithfield and Dominion as to what their industrial project entails. We hope DEQ will listen to community members later this month at its hearing on water permits for just four of the 19 industrial-scale hog operations that are part of this biogas project.”

The Southern Environmental Law Center submitted comments on the draft permit to DEQ that are available at https://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/words_docs/2020-11-20_-_SELC_Align_RNG_Updated_Permit_Comments_and_Exhibits_1-10.pdf

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