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NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc

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. The facility is planning to open in 2024.

Current status

Current status: On Aug. 30, 2022, DEQ approved and issued NEXT Renewables' air quality permit. As a result of comments, DEQ made several revisions to the permit based on public comment. These are described at the end of the response to comments document. All documents are in the Air Quality Permit tab below.

DEQ received NEXT's request for a 401 water quality certification as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permitting process per the 2020 EPA 401 Rule on October 8, 2021. However, due to insufficient information, DEQ issued a denial without prejudice decision on Sept. 6, 2022.

Public engagement

There are currently no scheduled public engagement events related to this facility. DEQ will update this page as events are scheduled.

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The narrative below summarizes the process for NEXT Renewable's air quality permit submission, review, public comment process and issuance.

December 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. Cleaner Air Oregon meets health-based standards by evaluating potential health risks to people near commercial and industrial facilities that emit regulated toxic air contaminants, and communicates those results to affected communities. All new facilities, including NEXT Renewables, that are required to obtain an air quality permit must complete a Cleaner Air Oregon risk assessment to complete their air quality permit application. 

September 2021: DEQ held a public engagement session that reviewed all environmental permits required in order for NEXT Renewables 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.

March 2022: DEQ began the public comment period on the draft air quality permit and invited the public to submit written and verbal comments on the conditions of NEXT Renewables proposed air quality permit. DEQ held a virtual public hearing in April 2022 as part of the public comment period, and accepted written public comments until May 26. DEQ staff are reviewing comment to evaluate whether any modifications should be made to the permit. DEQ will write responses to the comments and post them here once complete, along with DEQ permitting decision.

On Aug. 30, 2022, DEQ approved and issued NEXT Renewables' air quality permit. As a result of comments, DEQ made several revisions to the permit based on public comment. These are described at the end of the response to comments document linked below. DEQ responded to comments submitted during the public comment period, also linked below.

401 Water Quality Certification:

DEQ received NEXT's request for a 401 water quality certification as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permitting process per the 2020 EPA 401 Rule on Oct. 8, 2021.

Since that time, DEQ received a variety of application materials and provided comments and feedback on the materials received to date to help further the review process. However, due to insufficient information, DEQ issued a denial without prejudice decision on Sept. 6, 2022.

​Stormwater Permit

NEXT will also be submitting permit applications for two types of stormwater permits. First, a construction stormwater discharge general permit, which regulates stormwater runoff from construction activities. Second, an industrial stormwater discharge general permit, which regulates long-term stormwater management at individual facilities.

Wastewater Permit

DEQ does not expect to receive a wastewater permit application from NEXT, as they will be seeking permission to discharge wastewater into the Port's wastewater system. The Port of Columbia County is authorized to treat and discharge wastewater under its wastewater permit, officially known as a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.