Van Buren County mayor addresses concerns about new employer
by Bobby Lee McCulley | November 2, 2017 7:47 am
After the recent announcement of a new $300 million economic development project for Van Buren County, several residents have voiced concerns that resulted in the issuing of a letter from the county mayor’s office.
On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that Van Buren County would become the home of a new employer who would be investing approximately $300 million in the county and creating reportedly 75 new jobs. The name of the company was announced as Just Be Green Inc. The company will reportedly be constructing an alternative fuel generation facility.
This new facility will be taking solid waste and converting it into diesel, a process that is known as waste gasification. This process is one of the newest ways to deal with solid waste and is reportedly an environmentally friendly solution by generating no emissions.
However, since the announcement of this new economic development project, several residents have raised concerns and have asked questions about this project. On Oct. 24, 2017, Wilson issued a letter addressing these concerns and questions.
According to the mayor’s letter, “There have been a few questions about the Waste to Energy (Just Be Green) coming to Van Buren County. This company normally sells technology for this type of industry, but now they have formed their own company to begin a full operation of turning waste to diesel fuel.
“I cannot answer the technical questions about this, but I do know that they will use 97 percent of solid waste that normally ends up in landfills, and it will provide an economic boom for Van Buren County. I have been asked if this technology is real… Technology is moving at a lightning pace, and I assure that this project is real and is good for Van Buren County. If it was not, I would not be for it.”
The letter further stated that Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation has been contracted to perform the construction of the new facility. The new facility is slated to be open by 2019.