DENR gives thumbs up to Pierre, S.D. ethanol plant

By | August 01, 2002
Pierre, SD - The Dakota Value Capture Cooperative (DVCC) has achieved two major milestones: it has secured all required permits for the $65 million integrated beef and energy complex north of Pierre; and it has brought on board its C.E.O, Edwin Noehre.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued the Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permit, which completes the list of permits needed to construct and operate the Sully County complex. This significant achievement comes on the heels of the USDA's recognition of the DVCC complex as fully compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) provisions, for which it recently published a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Curt Mortenson, DVCC President, noted the DVCC project exceeded expectations by receiving no negative comments during the required public notice periods. "The lack of negative public feedback is an indication of the strong community support enjoyed by this environmentally-friendly project," said Mortenson. "It also confirms what we have said from the start: This 21st Century closed-loop technology is the most environmentally friendly way to produce renewable fuels and fatten cattle."

The DVCC Board also hailed the selection of its new C.E.O., Edwin Noehre, who will be coming to Pierre from Madison, Wisconsin. A Bismarck, N.D. native, Noehre is a CPA with over 20 years of agribusiness experience, including 14 years with Cargill. He will report directly to the Board of Directors, and ensure compliance with all financial regulations and budgets.

Tom Tveit, DVCC treasurer, indicated equity shares are still available. "South Dakota residents should take advantage of this opportunity to add value to our agricultural products right here at home."