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Enviva Welcomes North Carolina DEQ's Efforts and Community Participation in the Company's Permitting for Voluntary Air Quality Controls at Northampton Facility

Enviva Partners, LP, the world's largest producer of wood pellets, which provide low-carbon, renewable power, issued a statement thanking the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for their work to ensure that residents' and other interested parties' voices were heard during a month-long public comment period as well as at tonight's public hearing held at the Northampton County High School. The comment period and hearing are part of a permit modification process initiated by Enviva's request to voluntarily increase air quality controls at its Northampton wood pellet production plant.

Speaking about the increase in air quality controls and the environmental benefits of renewable wood energy, Enviva Chairman & CEO John Keppler issued the following statement:

"Environmental stewardship is the foundation of our business and this includes working to improve the environmental conditions in the communities in which we operate. The voluntary improvements to the air quality controls at our Northampton facility are a great example of that work."

"The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has argued ? as recently as last week ? that bioenergy is an important component to halting the world's temperature rise and that sustainable forest management, including harvesting for energy, is key to maintaining and increasing forest area."

"As stewards of a cleaner environment who work every day to reduce use of fossil fuels, we are proud to install these increased air quality controls at our facilities across the Southeastern United States. Thank you to NCDEQ for creating a forum that encourages stakeholders to engage on this important matter. We very much appreciate our stakeholders and supporters in North Carolina for their active participation."

Economic analysis data indicates that Enviva's Northampton plant contributes over $150 million annually in regional economic impact. The plant supports nearly 300 direct and indirect jobs and the plant's average hourly wage is more than double the per capita county income. Enviva has invested over $100 million at its Northampton plant, and in addition spends approximately $70 million in operating expenses per year. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of families in Northampton County living below the poverty rate has decreased by over 15 percent since Enviva's Northampton plant opened.

About the Northampton permit:

In consultation with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Enviva requested modifications to the air permit for the Northampton plant that will allow it to:

Additional background information on the permits and Enviva's operations:

Additional Background on Enviva and Renewable Wood Energy

About Enviva Partners, LP

Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates seven plants with a combined production capacity of over 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.

To learn more about Enviva Partners, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.

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