Growing Wood Pellet Industry Raises Environmental Questions04:45
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A log truck rolls into the Enviva wood pellet plant in Ahoskie. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)
A log truck rolls into the Enviva wood pellet plant in Ahoskie. (Dave DeWitt/WUNC)
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North Carolina is home to 14.4 billion trees. Those trees provide habitat for animals and a healthy forestry business in the state. They also absorb carbon, helping fight the effects of climate change.

Demand for wood pellets and incentives to convert coal-fired power plants to biomass-burning plants may boost the state's forestry industry even further, but it’s a development that some say could have a damaging effect on the environment. Dave DeWitt from Here & Now contributor WUNC reports.

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This segment aired on December 2, 2015.

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