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Biodiesel: The New Ethanol?

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Illinois’ busting records for ethanol production, but soon the state will set a milestone for another biofuel. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee has more.

Biodiesel is like regular diesel but doesn’t come from crude oil.

It’s made from fats, like soy oil or leftover animal fat.

It’s rare here, but a town west of Morris will soon house the nation’s largest biodiesel plant.

Invester William Kaluzny hopes, together, ethanol and biodiesel will cut oil imports.

Kaluzny: We’re relying on proteleum products in this country from a lot of areas that are very unstable. That’s just not a very good long-term strategy, so we’re interested in biodiesel because it’s renewable and we can make it here.

Plant operators hope to churn out sixty million gallons of biodiesel each year.

But William Kaluzny will do a lot of the dirty work to keep the plant humming.

His family business will gather all manner of oils.

They’ll include restaurant cooking grease and rendered animal fat.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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