BlueFire Renewables receives final permits to build its first commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton, Mississippi, that will use wood wastes to produce about 19 million gallons/year
November 10, 2010
– BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world's transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced that it has received all permits to allow start of construction of its first commercial project in Fulton, Mississippi.
BlueFire 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a Certificate of Permit Coverage under Mississippi's storm water general permit from the MDEQ. On June 4, 2010, a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (Finding) was issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
"The favorable 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," said Arnold Klann, CEO of BlueFire Renewables, Inc. "Also embedded in the permits are conditions to protect worker and public health and safety." added Mr. Klann.
The Fulton Project will be constructed within an industrial park where infrastructure exists or requires only minimum upgrades to serve the project. The project site, controlled under a long term lease with Itawamba County, has access to rail, interstate highways and barge for maximum flexibility in receiving materials and shipping products. With issuance of the required permits, the County jointly with the City of Fulton, has commenced work on the initial activities of clearing, rough grading and drainage improvements under a contract with Century Construction, a Mississippi based contractor. The work by Century is expected to take about 120 days.
"We are excited to see jobs being created and economic development contribution starting to accrue to the State of Mississippi," said Mr. Klann. "Once erection of plant and equipment commences, the jobs employed at the site will peak at about 700 under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Mastec, Inc."
The Fulton project will allow BlueFire to utilize green and wood wastes available in the region as feedstock for the ethanol plant that is designed to produce approximately 19 million gallons of ethanol per year.
About BlueFire Renewables, Inc.
BlueFire Renewables, Inc. was established to deploy a commercially ready, patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials ("Green Waste") to renewable fuel sources, including Cellulosic Ethanol, Biodiesel, BioJet Fuel, and Drop-in Directs. BlueFire is the only cellulose-to-fuel company worldwide with demonstrated production of Biofuels from urban trash (post-sorted MSW), rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues.
BlueFire received an increase to its Grant totaling $88 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in December of 2009. BlueFire's biorefineries will be located near markets with high demand for ethanol and will use locally available biomass. This should dramatically reduce delivery costs and increase biofuel supplies, while providing a unique waste processing technology to help America's cities better manage the increasing problem of overflowing landfills. For more information, please visit www.BFREINC.com.