State-of-the-art air emissions controls
Safety is our number one priority. Our Bond plant will have what is known as ‘Best Available Control Technologies’ to curb emissions to the greatest extent possible. We will use not just one but a series of emissions control devices, including baghouse filters, cyclones, regenerative thermal/catalytic oxidizers and wet electrostatic precipitators, to effectively reduce emissions from our manufacturing process. The baghouse filters we use, for instance, control particulate matter, in other words dust. Its function can be compared to your home AC filter. Enviva is leading the wood biomass industry on air emissions controls by investing, installing, and operating industry-proven air emissions control technology, making our plants the most controlled plants in the United States. We maintain local air quality around each of our facilities that is far better than all ambient air concentrations prescribed through federal standards.
By law, we are required by state regulators to periodically test all emissions points at our plants. All our facilities are subject to periodic on-site inspections by the regulatory agencies. These inspections review site operations, environmental monitoring and recordkeeping.
The proposed Bond plant site will include a debarker, chipmill and a pellet mill. Some equipment, such as the hammermills, will be in buildings to block direct sound travel and minimize noise. In addition, there will be a tree buffer to further help mitigate noise.
Enviva will focus on hiring locally. Stone County has a robust, skilled labor force. We are excited to begin the interview process and grow our Enviva family. The majority of positions will be filled approximately six months before the plant opens. As soon as we post information about the available jobs at the Bond plant, everyone will have an opportunity to apply.
Once our hiring begins, all updates on the available jobs at the Bond plant will be posted on our Careers Page.
Mississippi has a rich fiber basket and supply, and the Bond plant intends to use low-value softwood and hardwood fiber sustainably sourced within 75 miles of the facility, thereby creating a market for local landowners and incentivizing them to keep their land as forests. Enviva only sources from tracts that will be replanted or regenerated and and will not contribute to land use change. We will only work with suppliers that meet our strict sustainability criteria. The Bond plant will strengthen the market for low-quality and previously unmerchantable timber.
The plant is expected to have nameplate production capacity of more than 1 million metric tons of wood pellets per year.
The Bond plant represents an integral part of Enviva’s growth strategy, which includes doubling company-wide production capacity over the next five years, from 6.2 million metric tons per year (“MTPY”) to approximately 13 million MTP, driven by increasing global demand from customers who aim to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.