Lenox votes on new biodiesel plant

The town of Lenox in Massachusetts, US, will decide whether to allow the construction of a $30 million (€19.9 million) project to renovate the Niagara and Centennial mills into a biodiesel production plant.

The plant has been proposed by Interstate Biodiesel which plans to start fuel production in late 2010. The new plant would be capable of producing 15 million gallons per year using corn oil and soyabean oil.

One of the four principals of Interstate Biodiesel, Michelle Henderson, insisted that the plant will have little effect on the surrounding environment as no oils, greases or fats will be shipped in. Once the feedstock is at the new plant it will be treated once with methane to produce the biodiesel in a closed loop system.

Greg Federspiel, Lenox town manager, says: ‘I'm anxious to see a good reuse of those old mills, so it's good to see a viable entity put a plan together. Hopefully it will be a good match for us, we need to get the mills back in action.'

Both the Niagara and Centennial Mill are former paper producers that have closed during the last 50 years.

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