The owners and operators of a planned Soy Bean crushing and processing plant in the Village of Homer have submitted their site plan for the proposed facility.
A group of investors form western New York plans to reopen the long dormant Homer Oil facility on Center Street in Homer.
The industrially zoned site has sat idle since 2005 after the existing plant closed down after the current owner refused to make costly upgrades in order to deal with odors associated with the soy processing. Neighbors complained to the D-E-C saying the smell was noxious and causing health problems.
The nearly 4 acre site, includes the large processing plant, the developer and operator has said the company will crush and process soy, there will be no biodiesel fuel manufactured at the site.
According to the site plan that was submitted on June 28th, the new owners are planning to install a new air collection system to gather and process all emissions and then run them through an air scrubber. Another change includes the installation of automated process controls to better manage the processing and prevent operational upsets and unwanted byproducts which they feel contributed to the previous odor issues. Other plans include a new roof and window replacement and full enclosure of the processing equipment in order to further eliminate odor releases from the plant.
The plans will now head to the County Planning Board for review, it's expected that the Village Planning Board will take up the site plan at its August meeting.
New York State has awarded $800 thousand dollars to the project as part of the competitive regional grant application process.
The plant is expected to create 25 new jobs in Homer, in addition to increasing the village's tax base.