Torrefaction plant awaiting permitting

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While plans for a torrefaction plant in John Day are moving forward, with some new equipment already in John Day, the companies' conditional-use zoning application must go before the Grant County Planning Commission after neighbors raised issues about emissions, traffic and noise.

The torrefaction plant will be owned and operated by Restoration Fuels LLC, a subsidiary of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, a 501(c)3 public charity. The facility is expected to annually produce about 90,000 tons of torrefied wood briquettes for use as an alternative fuel for coal- or biomass-fired energy facilities.

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Source: Blue Mountain Eagle

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