Perdue AgriBusiness has submitted a revision to its pending permit application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection consolidating its grain elevator and soybean crushing plant to be built in Conoy Township, Lancaster County.
According to Perdue, with enhanced environmental controls and advanced hexane recovery technology, the plant is projected to achieve the lowest absolute solvent loss ratio (0.140 gallons per ton) of any soybean solvent extraction facility in the United States.
Solvent recovery will be achieved by a distillation, condensation and mineral oil scrubber system with 99.9 percent of all hexane used at the facility recycled. It will also feature advanced leak detection and repair systems to prevent fugitive emissions.
Because of these enhancements, the company says plant emissions will be reduced more than 16 percent from the original projection of 248 tons per year to a maximum of 208 tons per year.
“This project now represents one of the most highly engineered, highly efficient, technologically advanced soybean processing plants in the country,” said Peter Heller, Perdue AgriBusiness’ project manager .
To show the minimal impact, Perdue is conducting air-dispersion modeling and health-risk assessments that factor in wind direction and temperature inversions, which will be finalized and submitted to DEP soon.
In April, Perdue AgriBusiness requested that the permit application for the grain elevator and soybean processing facility be consolidated into a single application to streamline the project by coordinating approvals, land development, steam-fitting and facility construction.
The grain elevator permit application was submitted as an amendment to the soybean crushing facility application, which is now under review by DEP.
The proposed grain elevator, which has capacity for 1.5 million bushels, will receive, process, dry, store and ship soybeans that are grown and harvested throughout the region.
The plant will process 17.5 million bushels of Pennsylvania-grown soybeans per year and produce soybean meal, soybean hulls and soybean oil.
Perdue says the grain elevator and processing facility combined represent a $59 million investment that will generate 35 long-term jobs upon completion and an additional 500 jobs in crop production and transportation.
Source: Perdue Agribusiness.