We, the residents of Laurens County, are aware of the wood pellet industry that is
currently expanding across the Southern U.S. and are concerned about the potential
impacts of this industry on the quality of life, health, safety, economic prosperity, and
environment of the local community and its residents. The activities surrounding wood
pellet production include dust pollution that has been linked to heart disease and
cancer, constant noise, increased logging, and dangerous truck traffic.
Not only does the wood pellet industry threaten the natural beauty and tourism value of
our forests, it also threatens our existing wood product industries with unfair subsidized
competition and operates with none of the sustainability standards and responsible
management practices as does the traditional timber industry.
Our taxpayer dollars should not support this short-sighted industry that harms the
residents of Laurens County. We call on you to pass a resolution to discourage and
deny incentives for the industrial-scale production of wood pellets, and the industrial-
scale burning of wood for electricity in Laurens County.