Processing Magazine

World’s largest activated carbon plant to be built in Louisiana?

August 6, 2007

The Associated Press reports that a Colorado pollution control company has asked for a permit to build what it says would be the world''s largest activated carbon plant, producing up to 350 million pounds a year, in Louisiana. Red River Environmental Products LLC, a subsidiary of ADA-ES Inc. in Littleton, Colo., says it has the rights to acquire land next to a lignite mine in Red River Parish. The mine has agreed to provide 20 years worth of coal if the factory is built. Red River Environmental says it has filed an air permit application with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. If it gets the operating permits and financing in the first quarter of 2008, it could start construction then and open in 2010, the company said. ADA-ES said it plans to request permits for similar plants in North Dakota. It doesn''t know whether the North Dakota or Louisiana plant will be built first. The business environment and the time needed to get permits will decide that, it said. Activated carbon is used to absorb mercury from industrial plant discharges.