As Rayonier Advanced Materials awaits approval for bioethanol plant, opposition arises

By Mauricio La Plante
Jacksonville Business Journal
January 9, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Rayonier Advanced Materials is looking to add a facility for bioethanol production to its Nassau County operation, creating more jobs at one of the largest employers in the county — and generating some public pushback. The company is waiting to hear back from the state on an application for air construction permit it filed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in November. …While the project’s goal is to increase production of renewable resources, the potential of environmental pollution, increased truck traffic and the facility’s placement on a 100-year flood plain have drawn some concern. The company plans to produce 7.5 million gallons of bioethanol. …But city commissioner Chip Ross says, “I’d like them to tell the community what are the consequences. and what are the implications for the community.” [to access the full story a Jacksonville Business Journal subscription is required]

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