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  • Riverbank Renewable Redevelopment: Transitioning from Bullets to a Biorefinery

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The community of Riverbank, California struggled with double digit unemployment after the closure of the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant, a base closure under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. The Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) created a sustainable vision for the redevelopment of this NPL site, and implemented that vision by attracting and retaining green industrial jobs to this former munitions production facility. In 2018, the Riverbank LRA solicited proposals for a master developer and selected Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company. Aemetis, leveraging the unique location and site assets, is siting a new biorefinery at the site. The proposed Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions. Groundbreaking on this $125M dollar program is anticipated mid 2019.
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