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February 13, 2008   Email to Friend 

AG DEPARTMENT OPENS BIOFUELS PRODUCTION FACILITY
Alden Harris
(334) 240-7232
February 13, 2008

Commissioner Ron Sparks, center, gets a hand from Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright in pumping biodiesel.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The plan to turn used cooking oils into biodiesel fuels for Montgomery's city vehicles took a giant leap Tuesday with the grand opening of the newly constructed Center for Alternative Fuels' Biodiesel production facility at the Alabama Department of Agriculture.

The facility, which is expected to produced about 110 gallons of B100 biodiesel daily at a cost of 75 cents to $1 per gallon, will also be used for instructional purposes to encourage the state's farmers to produce a variety of crops that can be turned into biodiesel, including soybeans and canola.

"This has truly been a special day for the City of Montgomery in opening our newly built biodiesel facility," Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said at a Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by several government officials, including Rep. Marc Keahey, Rep. Steve Hurst and Montgomery City Council Rep. Martha Robie.

"I cannot think of a better way to help clean up our environment and fuel our vehicles and farm equipment."

The plan to use to recycled cooking oil for biodiesel in city vehicles was announced last fall by Sparks and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright. "Reducing the amount of used cooking oils that goes into the landfill is good environmental policy," Bright said. "This process is working in several other cities across the state and we are extremely pleased that we can put this into action for Montgomery's citizens."

For more information about the Center for Alternative Fuels Biodiesel Production facility, contact Deputy Commissioner Glen Zorn at (334) 240-7287.


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