Achieving Compliance at a New Manufacturing Facility
Client: Lumber Mill and Torrefaction Facility
Location: John Day, OR
About the Project
MFA provided assistance in due diligence site selection, permitting, and compliance for a new torrefied biomass manufacturing facility in Oregon.
Meet the Client
This client operates a lumber mill and wood fuel torrefaction facility, which utilizes a unique process of turning forest residuals into torrefied fuels. Torrefaction is the roasting of wood in a low-oxygen environment that produces a renewable biomass fuel that is a direct replacement for other existing fossil fuels, such as coal.
This diagram illustrates the basic concept for torrefaction and densification processes:
Key Project Solutions
MFA helped the client make an informed and strategic property selection decision by screening target properties against development objectives and identifying any potential obstacles to a smooth permit approval and construction process.
After property selection, MFA developed a due diligence process to assess potential environmental concerns associated with past industrial uses, and more deeply evaluated the physical conditions and regulatory processes.
MFA developed a regulatory compliance plan and assisted the client in obtaining two air contaminant discharge permits for a new boiler, belt dryer, torrefier, and pelletizer. This helped the client achieve compliance immediately upon startup of the new operation..
Key Services Provided
- Due diligence site evaluation and selection
- Emissions inventory development
- Assistance in obtaining necessary permits for facility operation and compliance