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Tampa Bay to get largest biodiesel plant in the US

In the next two weeks a closed orange juice factory will come back to life with a new product. Instead of OJ, Agri-Source fuels will start churning out biodiesel. The plant will begin processing chicken fat and palm and cottonseed oil into fuel at the rate of 125 million gallons a year. The chicken fat will be coming to the Dade City plant from Georgia and Alabama and the oils will be coming from South America.

Crews have been cleaning up the orange juice residue in the plant's stainless steel tanks in preparation for the start of fuel processing. The plant had been converted to a business park and the tanks with 5.6 million gallons of storage had been scheduled to be cut up for scrap, before Agri-Source took over the facility.

[Source: St. Petersburg Times]

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