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EPA approves permits for controversial carbon sequestration fertilizer project

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🗞️ Driving the news: The EPA has issued permits to Wabash Valley Resources for constructing two underground wells in Indiana for carbon sequestration, marking a significant step towards the production of "green" fertilizer

🔭 The context: This approval makes Wabash Valley Resources one of only two recipients of Class VI permits for carbon sequestration in the U.S., alongside Archer Daniels Midland Company
• The project aims to inject 1.67 million tons of CO2 annually underground to produce low-carbon-intensity anhydrous ammonia fertilizer

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Carbon sequestration projects like this are critical in the fight against climate change, offering a method to reduce industrial carbon emissions while safeguarding local communities and groundwater resources

⏭️ What's next: The EPA's initial approval requires Wabash Valley Resources to obtain further permission to begin CO2 injection post-construction
The project faces opposition from residents concerned about environmental and safety risks

💬 One quote: "Today’s action will help reduce industrial carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change while protecting nearby communities and essential groundwater resources in Vermillion and Vigo counties," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore

📈 One stat: 1.67 million tons - the amount of CO2 Wabash Valley Resources plans to sequester annually

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