Frontier Renewable Resources Pleased with Sierra Club Decision to Withdraw Challenge to Air Permit to Install

Dec 23, 2010, 10:25 ET from Frontier Renewable Resources

MARQUETTE, Mich., Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frontier Renewable Resources (Frontier) today applauded the Michigan Sierra Club's decision to voluntarily withdraw its Petition for Review of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment Air Permit to Install Case No. 10-1623-AA.

"We commend the Department for thorough and rigorous review of Frontier's air permit," stated Steve Hicks, CEO of Frontier Renewable Resources, LLC. "The Sierra Club's decision to withdraw is a responsible action that recognized the permit protected human health and environment."  

Construction of the company's 40 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Kinross Township, Michigan, is planned for mid-2011 with plant start up in 2013.  Frontier's investment brings 150 construction jobs and 70 full time jobs to Michigan. "While the petition did not impact the project timeline, it was an unnecessary distraction for the State of Michigan," added Hicks.

Frontier, owned by Mascoma Corporation and JM Longyear, is an innovative biofuels company committed to developing environmentally sustainable, low cost, low carbon biofuels from cellulosic biomass.  The company converts non-food renewable biomass feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol through the use of Mascoma's patented Consolidated Bioprocessing technology.  

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