General Motors received a storm water permit for a $2 billion next-generation battery-cell plant
General Motors (GM) has begun grading and clearing land at its site to construct a more than $2 billion next-generation battery-cell plant.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave GM permit approval to discharge fill or dredged material from construction into streams and wetlands, which the corps of engineers is responsible for, according to the Vindicator.
The Western Reserve Port Authority also agreed to bring the project into its capital lease program, which will save GM construction costs. The federal certification follows approval from the Ohio EPA last week to ensure whatever material ends up in the streams or wetlands falls within the state’s water quality standards, reported the Vindicator.
The state awarded GM a temporary storm water quality permit for the construction period.
“We have an aggressive schedule, and we really appreciate the support we have received from the community and government agencies on this important project,” said GM spokesman Dan Flores.
The permit authorizes the placement of fill material into approximately 66 acres of wetland and 81 linear feet of stream for construction of the plant and attendant features, according to Scott Hans, chief, regulatory division, Pittsburgh District.
Damage at the building site will be mitigated by converting approximately 170 acres of property in Mecca Township to wetlands. The company will be responsible for monitoring the Mecca site for 10 years to ensure its success.
The plant will employ upward of 1,100 people, according to GM. The current goal is to build the plant by Jan. 2022.
The plant will be on 158 acres on immediately east of the automaker’s former assembly plant, reported the Vindicator.