BlueFire Renewables receives final permits

By Holly Jessen | October 14, 2010
Posted Nov. 11, 2010

Initial site work has begun in Fulton, Miss., at the site of a 19 MMgy BlueFire Renewables Inc. cellulosic ethanol plant. The company announced Nov. 10 that it had received its final air, wastewater, and storm water permits from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which were required to proceed with construction. "We are excited to see jobs being created and economic development contribution starting to accrue to the State of Mississippi," said Arnold Klann, CEO of BlueFire Renewables. "Once erection of plant and equipment commences, the jobs employed at the site will peak at about 700 under the engineering, procurement and construction contract with MasTec Inc."

BlueFire Renewables' plant will use green and wood waste from the region as a feedstock. A date for start of construction has not been set, said a company spokesperson, and it's unknown at this time when the plant will be operational.

The company previously obtained a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Certificate of Permit Coverage under Mississippi's storm water general permit and received Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact issued by the U.S. DOE. The end of September, the company announced that it had secured an ethanol offtake agreement and feedstock supply agreement.

The plant will be built in an industrial park near Fulton. The site, which has access to rail, interstate highways and barge, has existing infrastructure and needs only minimum upgrades, the company said. Initial site work including clearing, rough grading and drainage improvements has begun under a contract with Century Construction, a Mississippi based contractor.