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Robeson County Coalition for Clean and Green Industry

Our communities don’t want to suffer because of AERPs – Speak up, speak out!

Please attend two public information sessions this week

Sessions will be held virtually, details below

Thursday, June 18 – 2p & 5p

Sessions will be held at 2pm & 5pm, hosted by the Robeson County Coalition for Clean and Green Industry

Call-In # on Your Phone: 1-929-205-6099   Meeting ID: 94472664250# Password: 066423

Use Zoom on your computer or phone to see everyone in the Session as they speak:

Email for Zoom link

Monday, June 22 – 6pm

Virtual Public Hearing on the Proposed AERP Wood Pellet Project

Sponsored by the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality 6:00 PM, Monday, June 22

Call-In on Your Phone #: 1-415-655-0003       Access Code: 615 016 858

WebEx # on Your Computer or Phone:

Download of WebEx Required – If you have never used WebEx, please get on early because you will need to download WebEx on your computer

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

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