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[NEWS] Kentucky Biodiesel Leak Suffocates Thousands of Fish

– by Trey Crumbie, December 1, 2016, Lexington Herald Leader

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Little Eagle Creek (Trey Crumbie)

Thousands of fish have been killed by 3,000 gallons of biodiesel that leaked into a river from a truck stop in Kentucky, US.

The diesel leaked into Little Eagle Creek near Sadieville in early to mid-November from a branch of the national Love’s Travel Stop chain of truck stops.

Jack Donovan, director of the Georgetown/Scott County Emergency Management Agency, told Lexington Herald Leader that the agency receive a notification of the leak on 18 November, but some locals said they had noticed the leak up to two week prior.

The cleanup of the leak, the exactly source of which has not bee determined, is in progress and will take a “long time”.

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Biofuel Crops Could Be Used to Feed Millions

– by James Gilbert, March 31, 2016, Newsplex.com

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Photo: Greencarereports

Agriculture is being used more than ever to power cars and provide energy. Some University of Virginia professors are saying this is the wrong direction for a new source of energy.

Paolo D’Odorico is a professor of environmental sciences at UVA and says close to 700 million people today could be fed if the biofuel agriculture went toward edible food.

“We use sugar cane or wheat or corn,” said D’Odorico. “Wheat and corn are standard food crops.”

They looked at the percent of biodiesel produced worldwide, and a lot of it would go to cooking oil.

“We deal with vegetable oils that are used for cooking, but you can’t feed everybody by drinking a little bit of palm oil a day,” said D’Odorico.

Regardless, the resources used to grow the oils could be used toward feeding the malnourished.

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EPA Tricked Out of $50 Million in Massive Biofuel Scam

– by Michael Bastasch, March 11, 2016, The Daily Caller

469296-250391An engineer pleaded guilty Thursday to tricking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into handing his company $50 million in taxpayer-backed subsidies as part of a massive biofuels scam.

Engineer William Barnes reportedly “rubber-stamped” false reports sent to the EPA in order to get the owners of two biofuel companies lucrative subsidies from taxpayers, according to The Morning Call.

The owners of the two green energy companies, Dave Dunham and Ralph Tommaso, were charged in December for exaggerating the amount of biodiesel and heating oil they produced as part of a racket that extends from Pennsylvania to Washington state and even Canada.

Durham and Tommaso hired Barnes to document the production capacities of their biofuels plants in order to get subsidies from the EPA’s renewable fuel credit program — a subsidy created to encourage the production of biofuels from things like cooking oil.

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Backers of Failed Biofuels Project Behind Proposed Washington Refinery

– by Tony Schick & Conrad Wilson, February 2, 2016, OPB

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Photo: Columbia Riverkeeper

The state inspector thought his visit to Odessa, Washington, would be routine: a knock on the door, a chat with the operators, a look around the corrugated metal warehouse where they ran a biodiesel plant.

But when Jerry French arrived at the TransMessis Columbia Plateau facility in eastern Washington this past March, the door was locked. It seemed abandoned, but he could see chemical drums inside through the windows.

It just didn’t look right, he thought.

After getting the door unlocked, French discovered the mess.

He saw sulfuric acid leaking from crusted valves. He found chemicals stored beside each other in corroded containers that could catch fire or explode if they mixed. Storage tanks holding thousands of gallons of methanol and other dangerous chemicals were left outside unsecured.

French, a longtime inspector with the Washington Department of Ecology, knew these were red flags. The site was a threat to human health and the environment and needed to be cleaned up. He alerted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later that day.

He sent an email with 18 different bullet points, each detailing a potentially dangerous situation at the abandoned plant.

“Serious issues with chemical waste management were observed inside the facility,” he wrote.

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