Nev. plant uses Ore. firm's trash-to-fuel process

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon company's process for converting waste material into synthetic gas will get a real-world application at a Nevada gasification plant, where officials say the gas will be turned into ethanol.

The partnering will allow the two companies to take landfill trash and convert it to ethanol in one facility.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/rbURZ1 ) Oregon-based InEnTec has contracted with Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., to provide plasma-enhanced melters at a Reno, Nev., facility.

The melters are capable of taking waste material, including hazardous, industrial and radioactive waste, and converting it "syngas," which the company says is a clean, renewable source of fuel for electricity production, transportation or for the production of chemical processes.

Construction of the Nevada plant is slated to begin at the end of 2011.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com