County awards extension to BioNitrogen

Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the Florida Department of Transportation Economic Development Transportation Project fund agreement for BioNitrogen, the environmentally-friendly plant planned at the Weekley Industrial Park on County Road 835 to convert biomass into urea fertilizer.

The agreement between the county and FDOT allows for the design and construction of a 12-foot wide right turn lane from southbound C.R. 835, another from northbound C.R. 835 and a private access road for the main entrance of the commercial development. The agreement needs to be extended because the plant location had to be moved, design alterations were called for and new technology forced changes — all requiring permitting and financing changes.

The new amendment extends the agreement until June 30, 2018 with design work beginning no later than March 31, 2016.

The county is looking at BioNitrogen as an economic boost and job creator.

A company representative told the board that this is the first such plant in the world and technical issues are bound to come up. He said the company is planning an almost identical one in Taylor County, which is having some of the same issues.

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