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BlueFire Renewables to start construction

Construction of the Fulton, Mississippi-based cellulosic ethanol plant developed by BlueFire Renewables, a company dedicated on the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, can begin construction as the final permits have now been received.

The company has obtained its final air, wastewater and storm water permits from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to start construction. Other permits issued related to the project include a wetlands permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers and a Certificate of Permit Coverage under Mississippi’s storm water general permit from the MDEQ.

The US DoE issued a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (Finding) on 4 June 2010.

‘The favourable findings and conclusions of the permits issued are reflective of BlueFire’s approach to design, develop, construct and operate domestic fuel production facilities that meet or exceed applicable regulations with no significant impacts to the environment,’ Arnold Klann, the CEO of BlueFire Renewables, said. ‘Also embedded in the permits are conditions to protect worker and public health and safety,’ he added.

Once operations at the site commence, the plant will produce around 19 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually.

Source: BlueFire Renewables




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