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Sunset Park neighborhood signs agreement with wood pellet company

A representative with the Sunset Park Neighborhood Association has signed a 'good neighbor' agreement with the Enviva wood pellet company. (Source:WECT) A representative with the Sunset Park Neighborhood Association has signed a 'good neighbor' agreement with the Enviva wood pellet company. (Source:WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A representative with the Sunset Park Neighborhood Association has signed a "good neighbor" agreement with the Enviva wood pellet company.

According to Enviva officials, the company has reached a tentative agreement with the neighborhood association.

In the past, residents have voiced concern over Enviva's plans to build two large storage domes near their neighborhood.

"This is a very safe process and I do not think the community has anything to worry about," said Enviva co-founder Thomas Meth in an interview Monday.

Johnnie Henagan of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Association said neighbors were previously concerned about safety regarding operations at the facility in addition to the various noises and odors that would be produced by the domes.

Meth addressed those concerns Monday.

"This is a very innocuous, safe process," he said.

The company co-founder explained wood pellets would be stored in the domes and only transported via trucks and railcars.

A news release from the company states the dome project is bringing millions of dollars in investment to the region and 23 new jobs to the Port City.

Both Henagan and Meth expressed their pleasure in signing the good neighbor agreement. The document states Enviva will do a number of things, including advocate for a sound barrier at the ports and respond to any neighborhood concerns quickly.

"We're going to be here for a very long time and whenever there is a concern from the neighbors, we are going to take that very seriously," Meth said.

Henagan said he was confident the Sunset Park homeowners would have a good working relationship with the company.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic about it. Enviva has, I think, gone way beyond our expectations," he said.

The company plans to inflate the first of the two wood pellet domes late Thursday night.

They hope to have the domes fully functional by next March according to company co-founder Norb Hintz.

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