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INEOS Bio secures key permits

INEOS Bio’s first commercial project in the US has secured key permits to build its waste-to-bioenergy facility in Indian River County, Florida.

The INEOS Bio joint venture has obtained its final air permit and environmental resource permit from the State of Florida, its wetlands permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers and a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (Finding) from the US DoE.

The Finding and EA concluded that the facility would have no negative effects on the environment with respect to sound, traffic, air quality, water quality and to threatened species.

The assessment also found that no changes to land use, planning or zoning were necessary and will result in no significant changes to the existing visual quality of the site and surrounding area.

Generating 8 million gallons of third generation bioethanol a year from renewable biomass including yard, wood, agricultural and vegetable wastes, and 6MW of renewable electricity, the facility will be the first to use INEOS Bio’s advanced BioEnergy technology – a feedstock flexible technology for advanced biofuels.

Construction of the Indian River facility is scheduled to begin in Q4 2010, with production starting in 2012.

‘We are very pleased that the State of Florida, the Army Corps and the DoE have issued these permits and findings for our project,’ said David King, president of the INEOS Bio JV. ‘We have spent considerable effort to design a state-of-the-art facility to not only ensure compliance but also to minimize our impact on the environment.’

Source: INEOS Bio