USDA giving $40M biofuels grants to UW and WSU

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving $40 million grants to the University of Washington and Washington State University to research biofuels made from wood wastes.

KING-TV reports Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce details Wednesday in Seattle as part of a $136 million national program.

The USDA says Vilsack is making a significant announcement about how the biofuels industry will create jobs in the Northwest and decrease dependence on foreign oil.

On Tuesday the USDA announced $830,000 in six grants in Washington to support and expand the production of biofuels.

KBKW reports the biggest share -- $774,000 -- goes to the Imperium Renewables plant at Aberdeen. The plant makes biodiesel using canola oil from Canada.

The USDA announced the grants Tuesday for 160 energy producers in 41 states.

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/