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MVN 2020-001248 CO

Published Feb. 14, 2022
Expiration date: 3/15/2022

NAME OF APPLICANT:  REG Geismar, LLC, c/o Duplantis Design Group, PC, 314 E Bayou Road, Thibodaux, LA 70301

LOCATION OF WORK:  In the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, Lake Maruepas hydrologic unit (HUC 08070204) and in the Mississippi River Basin, Lower Mississippi River – Baton Rouge hydrologic unit (HUC 08070100); in the Mississippi River, left descending bank, mile 185 and near the intersection of Louisiana Hwy 73 and Louisiana Hwy 75, in Geismar, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish, as shown in the enclosed drawings.

CHARACTER OF WORK:  On the flood side of the levee, the applicant proposes to degrade approximately 1.71 acres of the bank for stability; clear, grade, and fill an area for temporary access and parking/laydown area, and install and maintain a pile-supported dock, pipe rack, fire water intake structure, and other appurtenances.  On the protected side of the levee, the applicant proposes to clear, grade, and fill to construct a rail yard, support area, additional pipe racks, and two tank yards to expand the existing REG Geismar main facility to meet the increasing demands for renewable diesel fuels.  Project implementation will permanently impact approximately 19.1 acres of forested wetlands, 7 acres of emergent wetlands, and 1.9 acres of jurisdictional waters.   In addition, project implementation will temporarily impact approximately 2 acres of forested wetlands, 0.8 acre of emergent wetlands, and 0.15 acre of jurisdictional waters.

          The proposed project was designed to be incorporated into the existing infrastructure.  By siting project components close together and adjacent to the existing facility, wetland impacts were avoided to the maximum extent practicable.  During construction, best management practices will be implemented to reduce impacts to surrounding areas.  To compensate for unavoidable wetland impacts, the applicant has agreed to purchase credits from an approved mitigation bank within the watershed of impact.