Newport Biodiesel earns EPA recognition for recycling toxic waste

DENNIS DEZIEL, left, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, praises Newport Biodiesel Inc. for its environmental best-practices during a visit to the company Wednesday to announce the results of the EPA's latest Toxic Release Inventory. At right is Newport Biodiesel President Blake Blanky. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
DENNIS DEZIEL, left, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, praises Newport Biodiesel Inc. for its environmental best-practices during a visit to the company Wednesday to announce the results of the EPA's latest Toxic Release Inventory. At right is Newport Biodiesel President Blake Banky. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
NEWPORT – Even clean energy has some dirty byproducts. For Newport Biodiesel Inc., a company that converts used cooking oil into biofuel, that byproduct is a toxic chemical known as methanol. But thanks to a new distillation tower installed in 2018, the company can now reuse up to 3 million pounds of methanol a year.…

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