NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc. is proposing to construct a renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable jet fuel manufacturing facility at the Port of Columbia County's Port Westward Industrial Park in Clatskanie.
The proposed facility will receive and process recycled organic materials and raw oil feedstocks including used cooking oil, vegetable oils and animal fats to produce renewable fuel products that work just like their petroleum-based equivalents. NEXT Renewable Fuels Oregon expects to produce 37,500 barrels (1.58 million gallons) a day at start-up, and anticipate growing to more than 50,000 barrels (2.1 million gallons) a day at full capacity. Renewable fuel products will be shipped offsite via pipelines, trucks, and railcars, pending market conditions.
Currently in the permit application review phase, the facility is scheduled to open in 2024.
DEQ held a virtual public hearing on the draft air quality permit on April 27. DEQ is accepting written comments until Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 5 p.m. Read more about the draft permit in the public notice.
DEQ held a public engagement session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2021, regarding environmental permits required in order for NEXT to construct and operate their facility. The purpose of this meeting was to provide information about each permit that is required and to get feedback from the community about what they would like the agency to take into consideration as it begins working on each of these permits. DEQ's permit program intersects include air quality, stormwater, and wastewater.
Additional materials will be posted here as they become available.
Air quality permit
On March 24, 2022 DEQ published a draft of the standard Air Contamination Discharge Permit and invites the public to submit written comments on the conditions of NEXT Renewable Fuels Oregon LLC's proposed air quality permit.
On Dec. 17, 2020 DEQ received an application from NEXT for a new air quality permit, officially called a standard Air Contamination Discharge Permit, which includes a toxic air contamination emissions inventory per Cleaner Air Oregon guidelines. The goal of the Cleaner Air Oregon program is to meet health-based standards by evaluating potential health risks to people near commercial and industrial facilities that emit regulated toxic air contaminants, and communicating those results to affected communities. All new facilities, including NEXT Renewables, LLC, that are required to obtain an air quality permit to operate in the State of Oregon, must complete a Cleaner Air Oregon risk assessment to complete their air quality permit application.
Water quality permits
NEXT has also applied for a 401 water quality certification as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permitting process, and will be submitting permit applications for a construction stormwater discharge general permit (1200-C) which regulates stormwater runoff to surface waters of the state from construction activities. The facility also is applying for an industrial stormwater discharge general permit (1200-Z) which regulates industrial stormwater discharges to surface waters or to conveyance systems that discharge to surface waters of the state.