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Letter To N.C. Governor Cooper In Opposition to Richmond County, N.C. Wood Pellet Plant

Dear Governor Cooper,

We recognize and thank you for your recent commitment to ensure North Carolina’s leadership on climate change. Your acknowledgement of our collective responsibility to solve what has become a global-scale crisis stands in stark contrast to your predecessor who put the interests of climate polluters above the interests of North Carolina citizens. North Carolina’s expanding wood pellet industry is in direct opposition to the commitments you have made to your constituents.

On July 18th, the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, Dogwood Alliance, Clean Air Carolina, and NC Council of Churches hosted a press conference in Raleigh to present a letter signed by over 50 NC organizations and a petition from over 10,000 people, including 4500 sign ons from North Carolina constituents, and 200 signatures from Richmond County residents. The groups highlighted the growing public and scientific concern about the community, climate, health, economic and forest impacts associated with North Carolina’s expanding wood pellet export industry. Following the press conference, representatives from Richmond County hand delivered the letter and petition to the offices of Governor Cooper and NC DEQ. These documents are also attached here.

At this time, the above-mentioned organizations write to reiterate our request for a meeting with you in the coming weeks to discuss and to ask for your leadership in stopping the construction of a fourth wood pellet mill in the state to be located in Richmond County.

While North Carolina has become ground zero for an industry that threatens to accelerate climate change at the expense of human health, community safety and our environment, you have a unique opportunity to make a generational decision to keep North Carolina on the right side of science and history by putting the brakes on this destructive industry. We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to discuss ways we can work together to ensure that forest protection and community health is at the forefront of our state’s climate and economic development  agenda.

Your consideration and timely response is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Emily Zucchino, Community Network Manager, Dogwood Alliance
Debra David, Treasurer, Concerned Citizens of Richmond County
Kim McCall, Secretary, Concerned Citizens of Richmond County
Susannah Tuttle, M.Div., Director, NC Interfaith Power & Light
Terry Lansdell, Program Director, Clean Air Carolina