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Proposed Biodiesel Plant Granted Air Permits from DNR

TAGS: Soybeans
Equity drive for Evansville facility is halfway to goal.

A proposed biodiesel facility in Evansville moved another step closer to groundbreaking after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved necessary air permits required for the plant's construction and operation. North Prairie Productions, LLC says such permits are subsequent to the state DNR making a comprehensive and site-specific examination of possible emissions that might arise from any proposed industrial development.

According to Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board Director Bob Karls, the permit application was very closely reviewed by the state.

"The permit approval process took just over 70 days from start to finish, which is remarkably quick turnaround for projects of this size," Karls says. "We applaud the state's effort in working closely with North Prairie to close on this task and clear the way for the construction of this biodiesel facility in Evansville."

Last August, NPP unveiled its plan to construct a $42 million biodiesel production facility in Evansville that will produce up to 45 million gallons of biodegradable, biodiesel fuel per year. The company expects to have the plant operational in 2007.

With the air permit in place, North Prairie Productions is expected to become even more closely focused upon acquiring investor equity as the last hurdle before groundbreaking can occur. The company requires $25 million in investment equity to commence construction and just recently announced they are over halfway to meeting that objective.

For more information about the project or to get a list of equity drive meetings, go to www.npnrg.com.

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