Stone County residents talk to supervisors about proposed pellet plant
Enviva, a world-leading bioenergy company, could call Stone County home, exciting many residents, but leaving others wary.
Residents on both sides of the argument voiced their opinions in a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in Wiggins.
“The ones who are in favor are because of the jobs it creates, the growth and the tax base it brings to Stone County, ” said Board President Lance Pearson. “But then there are individuals who are not happy with it, because it is in the vicinity of their location where they live not far back off Highway 49.”
Enviva is an energy company that produces wood pellets, with a plant already located in George County.
One resident who lives close to the proposed site says he has several concerns about Enviva coming to the county.
“Both myself and my daughter have a history of asthma and some other health issues,” said Timothy Pulver. “My concern is that we aren’t going to feel comfortable going outside, we’re going to feel as though we are potentially affecting our health.
“I also think it’s going to substantially reduce our property values.”
Discussions between Enviva and Stone County began more than a year ago. Pearson says despite the pushback, there are benefits to Enviva coming to Stone County.
“There is always opposition. It doesn’t matter where it goes. We just want what’s best for Stone County. We want what’s best for the people,” Pearson said.
“The Board has always been in favor of creating indirectly 400 jobs, the company itself with have a little over 100 jobs. To my understanding, it will bring a tax incentive to Stone County of about $1.4 million a year. That would be half to the county and half to the school for the first 10 years.”