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Columbia Ethanol Project
Facility: Columbia Ethanol Project is a facility designed to produce 35 million gallons of ethanol per year.
Status (Operating): Began production in August 2007. Amendment 1 consists of the following changes:
(1) Corn oil extraction system
(2) Sugar addition system
(3) Carbon dioxide capture infrastructure
(4) Change in ethanol feedstock to include corn and blend of corn and granulated sugar
(5) Increase in annual ethanol production from 35 to 44 million gallons per year
(6) Amend Site Certificate conditions IV.C.2 and IV.C.4
Location: Boardman Industrial Park, Port of Morrow, Morrow County
Site certificate holder: Pacific Ethanol Columbia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Contact Information
Paul Koehler, Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Sarah Esterson
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2060
625 Marion St. NE
Sacramento, CA  95814
Salem, OR 97301-3737
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Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses) ​ ​
Amendment 1​ ​ ​
Request for Amendment #1: An amendment must be requested to design, construct or operate a facility in a manner different from the description in the site certificate if the proposed change 1) could result in a not previously addressed significant adverse impact to a resource protected by Council standards, 2) could impair the certificate holder’s ability to comply with site certificate conditions, or 3) could require a new condition or change to a condition in the site certificate.
Request for Amendment #1 ​May 4, 2016
Public Notice​ ​May 13, 2016
​Dealine to submit comments on Request for Amendment #1 Aug. 5, 2016​
Proposed Order: The proposed order includes findings of fact, recommended conclusions regarding compliance with council standards and recommended site certificate changes for construction, operation and retirement of the facility required due to the amendment requested.
​ ​ Public notice
Proposed order​
Deadline to submit public comments on the proposed order ​TBD
Contested Case: A contested case is not automatic. Any person may request that the council hold a contested case proceeding on the proposed order. Under OAR 345-027-0070(6), a contested case request must be in writing and include (1) a description of the issue(s) the person is contesting; (2) a statement of the facts the person believes to be at issue; and (3) the person’s mailing and e-mail addresses. Issues identified must be within the council’s jurisdiction and relate to an applicable siting standard. Under 345-027-0070(7), the council will approve a request for a contested case only if the request raises a significant issue of fact or law within the council’s jurisdiction that may affect its determination that the facility, with the change proposed by the amendment, meets an applicable standard.
​ ​ Contested case hearing​ ​TBD
​Hearing officer recommended contested case ​TBD
​​Final Order and Site Certificate: Following the comment period for the proposed order and any contested case proceeding, the council decides whether to issue an amended site certificate. The council grants an amended site certificate if at least four members of the council agree that the amendment meets all council standards. The council issues its decision to amend the site certificate in a final order on the amendment. No public comment is taken on this project at the council meeting.
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​Council meeting
Public Notice

​Final Order on amendment #1 ​TBD
​Amended Site Certificate TBD​
Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)​ ​
Aug. 9, 2007
Oct. 31, 2007
Complete application
Exhibit A, Applicant Information
Exhibit B, Project Description
Exhibit C, Property Location and Maps
Exhibit D, Organizational Information
Exhibit E, Permits Required
Exhibit F, Property Ownership (not available)
Exhibit G, Materials Analysis
Exhibit H, Geology and Soil Stability
Exhibit I, Soils
Exhibit J, Wetlands
Exhibit K, Land Use
Exhibit L, Protected Areas
Exhibit M, Financial Analysis
Exhibit N, Non-generating Facility Information
Exhibit O, Water Requirements
Exhibit P, Fish Wildlife Habitat
Exhibit Q, Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
Exhibit R, Scenic Aesthetic Values
Exhibit S, Cultural Resources
Exhibit T, Recreational Facilities
Exhibit U, Public Services
Exhibit V, Waste Minimization
Exhibit W, Site Restoration
Exhibit X, Noise
Exhibit Y, Carbon Dioxide Emissions (not applicable)
Exhibit Z, Cooling Towers (not applicable) 
Exhibit AA, EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
Exhibit BB, Other Information
Exhibit CC, Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
Exhibit DD, Other Specific Standards
​Sept. 12, 2006
May 19, 2006
April 17, 2006