Public hearing set for plant permit

CNJ Staff

A public hearing concerning a permit for the operation of an ethanol plant in Clovis has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Clovis Community College as a result of public demand, according to New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman Marissa Stone.

The hearing will be hosted by the state Environment Department, and concerns the application of ConAgra Trade Group for an air quality permit to operate an ethanol plant in Clovis, according to a Department document.

The Department received more than 14 requests for the hearing, Stone told the Clovis News Journal last week.

ConAgra wants to locate an ethanol plant near its existing Peavey Company West grain handling facility on U.S. Highway 60/84. That location is less than three-tenths of a mile from Clovis city limits.

The New Mexico Environment Department will accept nontechnical written public comments regarding the proposed facility on or before Nov. 17, an NMED document reads.

Written, nontechnical public comments may be sent in advance to the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau to the atttention of Sam Speaker, 2048 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Such comments may also be presented through the hearing officer at the hearing.