California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy LLC has received a key approval for its plans for a $600 million waste-to-jet fuel facility in Gary. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has approved an air permit for the project that is expected to create about 130 jobs.
The facility, to be called the Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, is set to be constructed at the former Lehigh Portland Cement Co. site in the Buffington Harbor area.
Flyn van Ewijk, director of project development at Fulcrum, tells the publication no garbage would be processed in the Lake County facility. He says the waste would be taken to feedstock processing facilities to be turned into a feedstock, which would then be taken to Gary to be refined into a low-carbon renewable jet fuel, which would then be blended with traditional jet fuel at a separate refinery.
The project has drawn criticism from residents, environmental advocates and state politicians, claiming it would create additional industrial contamination.
Fulcrum aims to begin construction in 2023 with operations beginning in 2025 or 2026.
You can read the full story and view comments from opponents of the facility, from The Times of Northwest Indiana by clicking here.