Animal Fat-To-Biofuel Plant Proposed In Calif.

North Star Biofuels anticipates running three shifts to produce up to 65,000 gallons of high-quality biodiesel and bio jet fuel each day.

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 65,000-gallon-per-day plant that converts animal fat into biofuel has been proposed along the California coast.

Railcars would bring tallow from a Washington rendering plant and it would be processed in a 20,000-square-foot building behind a Watsonville cold storage warehouse.

Most biofuels are currently made with vegetable oils. Fuels made from animal waste are harder to produce.

But North Star Biofuels, a joint venture of R. Power Fuels of Emeryville and Agri Beef of Boise, Idaho, says its new process could lead the industry into the next decade.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://bit.ly/HbIgpS ) says Watsonville planners will review the proposal on Tuesday.

North Star anticipates running three shifts, seven days a week to produce up to 65,000 gallons of high-quality biodiesel and bio jet fuel each day. Some fuel would be sold on site.

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