According to the county, new rules would set where biofuel producers could open, increase the distance between such industries and residences, require the developer to provide specialized firefighting equipment if the county determines it's necessary, require liability insurance and reserve the right to require the developer to pay for a consultant for fire prevention and other inspections.
The cause of the fire was ruled undetermined in
In the months after the fire, the
In the meantime, county staff studied how it could change its land development and other regulations over biofuel facilities to better ensure safety.
The county hired
Viesel Fuel, for its part, has relocated its operation to
Biodiesel, a cleaner alternative to petroleum diesel, is a renewable fuel that could be made from vegetable oil, animal fat or recycled restaurant grease, according to the
The proposed county regulations would apply to extensive-impact industries. The county did not respond to a request for information on what other industries would be covered by the new rules.
If you go
Where: Martin County Chamber,
Why: The initiative to create new regulations was prompted by a fire at a biodiesel facility
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