In materials provided to the Bloomington City Council, Paradigm BioAviation officials said they chose Bloomington-Normal because of its close proximity to regional airports, including the Central Illinois Regional Airport. (CIRA photo by B Corbin/WJBC, Paradigm logo from Paradigm)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington-Normal could be home to a new bio aviation plant, one that would use waste produced by the community to make jet fuel.
The company is called Paradigm BioAviation and officials are making a presentation to the Bloomington City Council Monday night on the waste to energy plant.
In the presentation, company officials said the Bloomington-Normal facility is the first of six sites for a plant and the community was chosen because of proximity to Central Illinois Regional Airport and other regional airports, the municipal solid waste supply and an already established relationship.
Paradigm officials said the project would be done in two phases, starting with a materials recovery facility that will process recyclables to produce green electrical power. The second phase will be the construction of a full scale gas to liquids plant to produce alternative jet and diesel fuel.
Mayor Steve Stockton said the project would be a great thing for the community.
"It would help us with our landfill, it would provide jobs, it would be an incentive for airlines and companies and help locate here," Stockton said.
Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said the concept is fascinating and interest, but said there's a lot to get done. He said there are a lot of moving parts to the process.
Stockton said one of the things the community would have to provide is the solid waste stream.
"And, one of the advantages of this is that it would be the solid waste that the non recycling or the garbage part, they wouldn't take traditional recycleables," Stockton said.
Stockton said it is too soon to talk about a financial incentive for the project, but says one is likely.
"We're very enthused, we want to look at this. It is a start-up company. We'd have to look at providing a waste stream, we have to look for a suitable site, we have to at are there potential downsides," Stockton said. "We need to know more about Paradigm."
There is no specific location listed for the possible facility. City officials said the processing plant could cost more than $100 million and employ 400 to 1,600 employees.