Ethanol air quality permit decision close

CNJ staff

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to uphold an air quality permit issued for the Clovis Ethanol plant.

The state board held a public hearing in September after several citizen groups filed a petition to appeal the ethanol plant’s air quality permit. The groups said information about the plant’s location was misleading.

Plant representatives said the location of the plant was not an issue during several informational meetings with Clovis residents before it applied for an air quality permit.

ConAgra Foods, which owns the Clovis Ethanol plant, is proposing to build a 108 million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant on property it owns along U.S. 60/84, about one mile west of Clovis city limits.

The New Mexico Environment Department approved an air quality permit for the ethanol plant in May.