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New Biodiesel Plant Up and Running in Crossett

CROSSETT, AR - Arkansas has another biodiesel plant up and running.

Pinnacle Biofuels began production earlier this month in Crossett, manufacturing E100, or pure biodiesel.  Officials say the plant can produce up to ten million gallons of biodiesel annually.

Arkansas has two other biodiesel plants: one in Batesville and one in Stuttgart.  The Stuttgart plant, Patriot BioFuels, was heavily damaged in a tornado that swept through the area on May 10.

"It's pretty much gone," co-owner Steve Danforth said.  "Even if we were to get the green light today to rebuild, it's going to take four or five months."

Two more plants, in Helena-West Helena and DeWitt, are scheduled to open this summer.

The new plant in Crossett now employs about 20 people and produces 28,000 to 30,000 gallons of biodiesel a day.  The plant uses vegetable oils and animal fats to make the fuel.

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