USA: Biofuels Positive Environmental Assessment Report for Velocys' Planned Biorefinery
Velocys announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (Fonsi) on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi.
Houston/USA — With the Fonsi process completed, the company now plans to focus on the next steps in the project’s development, including securing the state-level permits that will be required to construct and operate the biorefinery.
The 160-page environmental assessment report details the impact of the proposed facility across 15 potential aspects, including: land use, water resources, air quality, wildlife, visual impact, noise, transport and public and occupational health. In each case, the report concludes the plant would have “none”, “none to minor”, or “minor” impacts during construction and operation. No opposing or negative comments were filed as part of the USDA’s public consultation process.
The Fonsi was issued as part of the company’s ongoing development of a 100-acre site in Natchez that the company secured in October 2017. The site will be home to a biorefinery that will use the company's technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumber operations and tree plantations. According to the fuels producer, the plant is expected to convert locally-sourced woody biomass waste into enough renewable fuel to meet the demands of running around 40,000 diesel and gasoline trucks.