I bet people in Evansville are hoping this article contains the truth. The Janesville Gazette quotes officials from North Prairie Productions, who are opening up a new biodiesel plant in Evansville, Wisc., saying that the plant's environmental footprint will be clean and green. The water discharged from the plant will be similar to what goes down the drain after taking a bath, they say. The plant's odor will be of soybeans, and not dangerous. And airborne discharges won't show up on the Department of Natural Resources radar screen. This is good news if it's true, since the plant will operate 24-hours-a-day making about 45 million gallons a year.
Speaking of which, I haven't come across many stories of pollution/noise/smell coming from biodiesel plants around the country. One of the main ecological problems I've read about them is clear-cutting that has to happen to grow the palm oil feed stock in places like Malaysia. Anyone out there have any other stories of negative biodiesel plant effects?

[Source: Janesville (WI) Gazette]


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