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EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for $1B Gas-to-Gasoline Plant; Facility will bring 3,000 construction jobs, 280 permanent jobs to Beaumont area

Release Date: 10/02/2014
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

DALLAS – (Oct. 2, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Natgasoline to construct a new natural gas-to-gasoline facility in Nederland, TX.

“The Texas economy continues to grow and add jobs, and energy projects like Natgasoline’s are an important part of that growth,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “EPA will continue to work with businesses to ensure they have to permits they need to operate.”

The company plans to construct two units: a methanol plant, with a capacity of almost 1.75 million metric tons of methanol per year, as well as a methanol-to-gasoline plant, which will produce over 8 million barrels of gasoline per year. The facility will use natural gas as a feedstock.

In June 2010, EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which specify that beginning on Jan. 2, 2011, projects that increase GHG emissions substantially will require an air permit.

EPA believes states are best equipped to run GHG air permitting programs. Texas is working to replace the federal implementation plan with its own State program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from EPA. This action will increase efficiency and allow industry to continue to grow in Texas.

EPA has finalized 54 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an additional seven permits, and currently has 12 additional GHG permits in development in Texas.

For all of the latest information on GHG permits in Texas please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r6/Apermit.nsf/AirP

EPA is taking a variety of actions to cut Greenhouse Gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change. Most recently, EPA released a Clean Power Plan for existing power plants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels. Learn more about EPA’s actions at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/.

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