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Heitkamp Applauds Certification of North Dakota Biorefinery


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today applauded North Dakota ethanol biorefinery Dakota Spirit AgEnergy for receiving its Renewable Fuels Standard certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By meeting the standards under the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard, Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, has cleared a major hurdle in its effort to produce homegrown energy in North Dakota. The plant will be located near Jamestown.

"When Great River Energy reached out to me last year to let me know that they were at a standstill with EPA on the approval process and were in danger of having their financing pulled if the delays persisted, I made this an priority for my staff and I to help get this done," said Heitkamp. "After exhaustive efforts by all parties involved and thanks to extensive preparation by Great River, another North Dakota ethanol biorefinery is on the cusp being up and running. I applaud Dakota Spirit AgEnergy's efforts on its progress, and I look forward to continued collaboration with Dakota Spirit and other North Dakota stakeholders to lead the nation in energy development. The increase in North Dakota production of biofuels is not only good for our state's economy, but it will help us to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil."

"We are pleased we could bring the EPA regulatory review of our unique RFS2 pathway to a successful and collaborative conclusion," said Greg Ridderbusch, president of Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, and vice president of business development and strategy, Great River Energy.

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, which is owned by Great River Energy, plans to use 23 million bushels of corn a year to produce 65 million gallons of ethanol. According to Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, more than 300 jobs will be supported by the construction and operation of the plant.

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