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The Seattle Times reports that the Washington State Department of Ecology has sent a warning to a biodiesel-crushing plant in the state that it is releasing methanol, a toxic vapor, without a permit. Further investigation has shown spilled vegetable and biodiesel oil on the premise, as well. The landlord has ordered a halt on all biodiesel production.

The investigation comes at a bad time for biodiesel supporters. Plans such as building ten biodiesel plants in other parts of the state are threatened as the State Department and biodiesel companies such as Air-Energy, which had invested in such plants, clash over issues from lack of permits to proper waste management.

[Source: Seattle Times]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      There isn't supposed to be any waste with biodiesel. Those methanol was supposed to be reused for the next chemical breakdown. I supposed someone forgot to let them know not to waste those methanol...*sigh*
      • 9 Years Ago
      Spilled vegetable oil? Ooooh. Those evil bastards!

      I think some asshole has too much time on his hands. I fail to see how spilled veg oil is harmful to the environment.

      There IS no stopping biodiesel.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm glad we're not raising cattle anymore! I never got a permit for them to release methanol.
      • 9 Years Ago
      My stepdad works for the department of Ecology in Washington state (program director) and it is amazing how much time and money is spent up there on the studying the environment.

      But you have to ask yourself, if there was ever one state that *mabye* should have tree hugging granola eaters it should be in Washington. Because after moving to Las Vegas, it sure is nice to see natural signs of the earth being able to sustain life :-) Now here in Nevada? Department of Ecology? LOL.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey, iQuack!

      I guess you're one of those who thinks Smoking is good for you? C'mon, if no one can agree on one thing, then it MUST BE WRONG! When environmentalists can't predict a problem by the exact minutes and seconds, wow, they must be wrong!

      Bio-diesel is some wicked ploy only pushed by the Greenies? So I guess you can care less if continue to rely on foreign oil to function from day to day? Yeah, you're right, let's keep on importing more oil, and since bio-diesel is an option for revenues for farmers, I guess we should let farmers go bankrupt and import for farm goods from foreign counties, too!

      Yeah, dance for joy because EVIL Greenies plot for bio-diesel has failed!

      • 9 Years Ago
      "I guess you're one of those who thinks Smoking is good for you?"


      No smoking for me, Charles S., and no silly hype from the Greenies, either.

      We buy oil from loathsome Arabs because it's the cheapest energy source we can buy.

      If the price of oil rises high enough, it might be profitable to use alternate forms of energy including bio-diesel.

      Doesn't the U.S. place a tarriff on ethanol to protect huge, rich farm producers here? I'm not ready to shed any tears for farmers nor pander to the Al Gore environmentalists and their junk science.

      Maybe some day we'll use less oil in the U.S., but that day will come after oil becomes expensive enough for us to become serious about other choices.

      We're not there yet.
      • 9 Years Ago

      that's METHANE your cows were releasing! METHANOL was what you were drinking in your moonshine

      • 9 Years Ago

      If you read the story, it's methanol fumes, which are toxic. Not spilled vegetable oil.