Columbia Ethanol Project is a facility designed to produce 35 million gallons of ethanol per year

Under review/Operating. On May 4, 2016, the certificate holder submitted Request for Amendment 1 seeking EFSC approval for construction and operation of a corn oil extraction system, sugar addition system, and carbon dioxide capture infrastructure. The request also seeks approval for a change in feedstock to allow corn and granulated sugar for use in ethanol production, and an increase in the volume of annual ethanol production from 35 to 44 million gallons per year. The amendment request also seeks approval for amendment of site certificate conditions IV.C.2 and IV.C.4, which were imposed to ensure compliance with the Council’s Retirement and Financial Assurance standard

On August 8, 2017, the Department issued a Public Notice on the Proposed Order on Amendment 1, initiating a 30-day comment period and deadline for requesting a contested case on the proposed order. The comment period extends from August 8, 2017 through September 7, 2017. Details on submitting comments and requests for contested case are described in the public notice, which along with the proposed order, are provided below.

On May 30, 2017, the certificate holder submitted a change request for the Department’s review of whether a site certificate amendment is required pursuant to OAR 345-027-0050 for a proposed facility modification, including expansion of the cooling tower system. The change request is currently under review; the Department’s amendment determination will be posted to the website once available.

Boardman Industrial Park, Port of Morrow, Morrow County. Map
Applicant/Certificate holder: Pacific Ethanol Columbia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
ODOE contact: Sarah Esterson
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Daniel Koch

Project Amendment(s)

Comment and Request for Contested Case Deadline

Project Timeline

Preliminary Application Received
Complete Application (Large files)
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Exhibit Files Reference

  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Exhibit Z: Cooling Towers  
  • Exhibit AA: EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Exhibit BB: Other Information
  • Exhibit CC: Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
  • Exhibit DD​: Other Specific Standards