STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Local residents (Huntington C.A.R.E.)
PROSPECTS: Likely, but on a smaller scale
BACKGROUND: NuFuels LLC proposed a $200 million complex that would have been home to a biodiesel facility, ethanol plant, and research and development center near Huntington, Indiana. NuFuels sought the Huntington site primarily because the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered NuFuels $1 million in tax credits and $14,000 of training grants to build the plants.
The Huntington County Citizens for a Responsible Environment filed a lawsuit to stop construction of the facility. The group opposes the plant, worried about how it will affect the water table, truck traffic and air quality. The plant's construction, originally expected to take 14 months, has been delayed nearly two years by citizens leery of the environmental impact.
On September 3, 2008, NuFuels announced that it would cut the plant's proposed scale in half. NuFuels now expects to build a plant capable of producing 22 million gallons of ethanol a year, down from 50 million gallons a year. The redesigned plant will need fewer workers: NuFuels expects to hire 30 to 50 people, down from its original plan to hire 75 to 100 workers to run the ethanol plant and adjoining biodiesel plant. Steve Ochs, president of Huntington C.A.R.E., says that his organization still opposes the plant, even despite the smaller scale.
SOURCES: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080903/BIZ/809030375; http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080908/BIZ/809080406;
INC Now: http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/9435186.html;
Biodiesel in the News: http://biodieselinthenews.blogspot.com/2006/05/huntington-targeted-for-biofuel.html
Last updated November 12, 2010