USDA giving $40M biofuels grants to UW and WSU




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.


Information from: KING-TV,