How pellets are made
"In an analysis of the chemical composition of 23 wood chip samples and 132 wood pellet samples manufactured in the United States and Canada, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) found most of the wood pellets tested would meet U.S. voluntary standards but would likely not meet standards for residential use in European markets.14 The pellet samples came from locations across northern New York and New England and encompassed 100 different manufacturers, with some duplicate sampling.Some pellet samples had unusually high concentrations of several heavy metals, including arsenic, copper, and chromium. This may be due to extraneous materials in the pellets, such as preservative-treated and painted waste wood."
by Ari Phillips
"Instead of being a forward-looking practice, Searchinger sees the wood pellet industry as a call back to long-abandoned industries.
“What brought back the forests of Europe was coal,” said Searchinger. “England was basically deforested by 1850; they got into coal because they didn’t have any trees left. The idea that we can go back to trees, that’s not knowing history and therefore repeating it.”"
- The same can be said for New England -