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ND Ethanol Plant Could Become First in US to Store Carbon Underground

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by Ellie Potter (Grand Forks Herald) Red Trail Energy may soon be the first ethanol plant in the United States to store carbon dioxide underground as part of an environmental and economic effort.

Last month, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., secured North Dakota’s primacy over Class VI injection wells from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It means the state can now approve projects for plants to capture and store CO2 underground.

“We’re the first state in the country that has regulatory primacy when it comes to capturing CO2 and actually sequestering it,” Hoeven said at discussion at Red Trail Energy Friday. “So there’s a lot of talk about it, we’re doing it. That’s the difference.”

There is a federally-funded pilot program in Indiana to capture and store carbon, but Red Trail Energy would be the first to do it on its own, Hoeven said. Once they find a way to make the practice economically feasible, then it may be more broadly adopted, he said, adding technology is the solution to good environmental stewardship.

Red Trail Energy sells most of its ethanol to the West Coast, where some states, especially California, are working to reduce their carbon footprint. If Red Trail Energy is able to store some of its carbon underground rather than releasing it into the atmosphere, it would reduce the plant’s carbon footprint and make it more competitive in the energy market.  READ MORE and MORE (Bismarck Tribune) and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

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