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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