Department of Ecology News Release - January 21, 2020
Updated: January 20, 2020

Environmental review halted after applicant cancels renewable fuels project in Ferndale

Green Apple Renewable Fuels LLC has withdrawn its proposal to co-locate a renewable fuels facility at the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery.


Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group (REG) notified the Department of Ecology and Whatcom County on Tuesday, Jan. 21, that they no longer plan to build a large-scale renewable fuels plant in Ferndale, Wash. As a result, Ecology and Whatcom County are halting the project’s environmental review and cancelling public meetings and a comment period.

The facility would have been built within the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery and would have processed fats, oils, and grease into as much as 250 million gallons per year of renewable fuels.

The Phillips 66 and REG news release expresses appreciation to Washington state, Whatcom County, local officials and other stakeholders for their advice and support during the process.

The purpose of an environmental review is to fully understand a project’s probable, significant, adverse, environmental impacts, and then determine if those probable impacts can be mitigated. The environmental review of the Green Apple proposal was just days into its scoping period where the public was given its first opportunity to comment on the proposal’s potential environmental impacts.

Contact information

Dave Bennett
Ecology communications
360-778-5943 or 360-791-9830
Twitter: ecyseattle
Amy Keenan
Whatcom County Planning