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With the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent approval of E15 (a fuel consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) it's fitting that Canada-based Suncor Energy Inc. has completed the expansion of its St. Clair Ethanol Plant in Ontario, effectively doubling the facility's annual ethanol output.

The Des Moines, Iowa city council is due to select one of two proposals to build a new ethanol production facility on December 4. Lincolnway Energy of Nevada wants to build a coal powered plant. Vision Fuels is proposing a natural gas powered plant. Des Moines mayor Frank Cownie, who has supported the coal fired plant, said emissions should definitely factor in the final decision.