Biodiesel proponents do a lot of work to make people see the biofuel as an environmentally friendly alternative. But then James Raulerson pretty much gave them the finger.
The southeast Missouri man was sentenced this week to two years probation and given a $10,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act. How did he violate the Act? By dumping biodiesel waste from Natural Biodiesel Plant LLC into a local ditch back in 2007. The waste, mostly glycerin but also other biodiesel byproducts, was pumped out of a tanker truck and killed at least 30,000 (maybe over 100,000) fish and other aquatic life, according to the Southeast Missourian. The Missouri DNR claims that it "spent a tremendous amount of time working with other state and federal agencies to investigate this violation and ensure it was properly cleaned up." Nice one, James.

[Source: Southeast Missourian, Missouri DNR]
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