The facility is expected to produce activated carbon (AC) for use in capturing mercury from coal-fired power plants.

ADA-ES has noted that while current demand for AC is based on state mercury emissions regulations for existing plants and strict emissions standards required for new coal-fired power plants, the expected enactment of new federal mercury control regulations will accelerate the growth of future demand for AC.

The company is also in the process of negotiating agreements to support facility operations, including feedstock supply. Redundant coal supply options are required to satisfy security requirements for project financing. ADA-ES is also negotiating terms for the purchase of the site and resolving other site access provisions that are needed prior to mobilization.

Michael Durham, president and CEO of ADA-ES, said: The timely issuance of this permit reflects the high level of environmental controls we designed for this facility.