As a company dedicated to creating fuels that will help our planet, address the growing impacts of climate change and reduce waste in our communities, the environmental impact of our BioFuels Plants is of great importance to us.
The Centerpoint Biorefinery will use a gasification process that does not incinerate or combust the feedstock.
Operating under an air permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Centerpoint’s air emissions will largely be the combustion of natural gas for processes like steam production. The plant projected emissions are all under “major source” thresholds, which are far more stringent in Lake County than national EPA standards. The Biorefinery will utilize emissions control equipment to significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of pollutants, including nitrogen oxides (“NOx”), carbon monoxide (“CO”), volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) and particulate matter (“PM”).
No wastewater from the Centerpoint Biorefinery will be discharged into Lake Michigan or attached waterways.
Centerpoint’s wastewater will be pretreated onsite to ensure it meets the Gary Sanitary District (“GSD”) discharge limits before being sent to the GSD wastewater treatment plant for further treatment.
In turn, the Biorefinery will receive reclaimed water from GSD to use as process water at the Biorefinery. The facility will therefore not use fresh water in the process.
The Centerpoint Biorefinery will operate under an Industrial Waste Discharge Permit from GSD.
Wastes and residues from the Centerpoint Biorefinery are primarily produced during the gasification stage of the process. This includes steam reformer ash, tramp and small particles of sand, rocks, aluminum foil, etc., which are all non-hazardous materials appropriate for landfill disposal and are not released to the environment.
The Centerpoint Biorefinery will operate under a Solid Waste Permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The Centerpoint Biorefinery site in Gary has approximately 2.3 acres of wetlands located on the eastern end of the property. The wetlands are not dune and swale habitat.
Fulcrum is working with the City of Gary and other relevant stakeholders to identify impactful ways to support the City’s parks and greenspaces.
The Centerpoint Biorefinery will be regulated and monitored by a number of state and local permits. These include:
- Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (also know as a Synthetic Minor Air Permit)
- Solid Waste Permit
- Status: Filed - December 2021.
- Comfort Letter (Land Quality):
- Status: To to be filed in 2022.
- Air Operator’s Permit: Filed after the Biorefinery starts operations.
- Storm Water Permit: To be filed in 2022.
- Site Plan Approval: To be filed in 2022.
- Building Permits: To be filed in 2022.
- Wastewater Discharge Permit: To be filed in 2022.