It was announced in February 2006 that a biodiesel facility would be built in the southtown
industrial park in Newton Il, As of late December 2015 the plant remains partially
completed with no activity in at least 2 years.
Millions of dollars have been spent developing the southtown industrial park starting over
15 years ago and all that is to show for it is a half built, abandoned biodiesel plant.
Unfinished Biodiesel facility in December 2015
At the March 21 2017 Newton Illinois city council meeting the council
voted for Resolution 17-04 "Resolution to Induce Development of A
Bio fuels Production Facility located within the City of Newton". This
resolution is not at all clear as to what the city of Newton's commitment
will be but you can be sure that it will not be cheap, Newton taxpayers
are already out a vast amount of money from infrastructure costs on the
plant that was first announced in early 2006.
One very interesting thing that has happened to the plant since 2006 is
the ever increasing capacity, it started out as a 30 MGY
(million gallon per year) plant and then somewhere along the way it
became a 50 MGY plant and now in its latest version it will be a
100 MGY plant! Bear in mind that the plants total production in its 11 year
history is 0.
This would be tied as the 2nd largest bio-diesel facility in the US!
Click Here to see what a operational 100 MGY plant looks like.
Click here for a list of all operational US Biodiesel plants from Biodiesel
It would take over 6,600 rail tanker car loads per year to move 100 Million
gallons in and out of the plant! The few plants of this scope do not
have a rail siding, they have a rail yard.
The plant is locate in a light industrial zone, really now the 2nd largest
Bio-diesel facility in the US is "light industry"? 6,600 rail tankers per year is
Below is from 12/2015
The red area is where the new 3X larger than originally planned
Biodiesel facility will be located, notice the very close proximity
to the residential areas
Newton Illinois Renewable Fuels Project Information
Geoff Hirson being asked after a Terre Haute council meeting to validate some of
his claims concerning the sewer sludge to renewable fuel project.
2:14 "I have 1 billion dollars to Invest and other cities waiting."
4:27 "I can not tell you where the pilot plants are."
5:49 "I can not tell you where any of my other powerdyne operations are."
6:13 "I can not tell you the source of the funding."
6:30 "I have done developments across the nation"