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Sunday, October 08, 2006
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Biodiesel, fuel from soybeans, now in production in Clayton
Governor attends ribbon cutting for Mid-Atlantic Biodiesel plantBy Jennifer Sprague
Smyrna Calyton Sun Times Staff writerMid-Atlantic Biodiesel on School Lane in Clayton officially opened Friday, September 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Located on what used to be a 6-acre abandoned railroad yard, this is the first large-scale biodiesel production facility in the mid-Atlantic region. The Mid-Atlantic Biodiesel Plant has the capacity to refine up to 6 million gallons of biodiesel per year. The fuel will be available locally and made primarily from soybeans grown in Delaware.
Gov. Minner said that Mid-Atlantic Biodiesel will help not only the environment but also the economy and Delaware’s soybean farmers. “This is a fuel that also helps the economy by way of our farmers,” she said. She added that the plant will help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
“It’s what I call a homegrown fuel,” she said. “The biodiesel fuel produced by this plant will decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and foreign oil and increase our energy security.”
Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It can be used in any diesel engine, with little or no modification to the engine or fuel system.
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