Robeson County Coalition for Clean and Green Industry
Our communities don’t want to suffer because of AERPs – Speak up, speak out!
New Release: “Environmental Health and Cumulative Impact in Robeson County, NC”
Published by the Robeson County Cooperative for Sustainable Development in July 2020
The report documents that there are 858 pollution sources in Robeson County. The percentage of days exceeding standards of air quality particulate matter (2.5) in Robeson County is over twice as high as the state level (Chart and narrative, pp. 4-5). Days exceeding ozone standards in Robeson County is 7 times the State average (Chart, p. 4). The report findings are that Robeson County, NC is an overburdened community with a disproportionate number of environmental and public health stressors and that no further should be constructed that emit a significant amount of hazardous materials and cause further harm to the public health and environmental quality of Robeson County based on NEPA and EPA Title 6 guidelines related to cumulative and disproportionate impact and environmental justice (pp.8-12)
Another dirty industry wants to come to Robeson County – We can stop it!
Get the facts!
AERP, a foreign company from England, wants to make Black Wood Pellets in Robeson County in a new, commercially-untested process in the U.S. using wood and sawdust from trees, and possibly chicken waste on Alamac Road south of Lumberton
Trees from our forests will be cut down and the Wood Pellets sent overseas for fuel. AERP wants to expand by 10 times its original amount of wood used, contributing to rising deforestation and pollution in our county and region
AERP is using a new method to manufacture wood pellets called CoalSwitch , and they want to sell the pellets as a substitute for coal in overseas markets (experimental)
This process uses pressure cooking and steam to explode plant fibers so they release water and pollutants, then the fiber is dried and pressed into pellets (experimental)
AERP admitted in their air quality permit that the company has no “Emissions Factors to calculate air emissions from the proposed sources” (experimental)
NC Department of Air Quality (DAQ) is basing AERP emissions on a different pellet plant with a different process because this is a new method (experimental)
AERP provided no testing information about emissions (experimental) and DAQ is still giving the company 180 days to verify levels of Volatile Organic Emissions (VOCs)
AERPs air emissions include estimated (experimental) levels for Harmful Air Pollutants (HAPs), such as: Acrolein, Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde and Toluene
Emissions levels are unknown (experimental), and long-term exposure to most of these pollutants can increase respiratory problems
AERPs pellet process creates liquid contaminants and the company’s permit for their Waste Water Treatment Plant expired in 2019 (experimental)
AERP told investors that by 2021 they want to increase production 10 times more than stated in their permit application (experimental)
Burning pellets made with trees from our healthy forests produces more carbon than burning coal, and is bad for our environment and climate; and contributes to more extreme weather
“Biomass” Pellets are not a renewable, clean, or green energy industry
Making Black Wood Pellets creates long-term Pollution Problems for the health of our communities
Robeson County needs Real Economic Development & Clean and Green Industry that does not harm our health, our crops, our land, our air, our water, our climate, or our future