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April 7, 2003

Miss. wants to be major player in ethanol industry

The Associated Press

Mississippi has an opportunity to become a major player in the nation's search for alternative fuels by joining a growing industry that converts corn into a gasoline additive, state officials say.

The ethanol industry is expanding production mostly in the Midwest as the fuel additive, MTBE, is phased out in many states because of concerns that it is polluting drinking water.

There are more than 80 ethanol plants in operation or under construction in the United States, including one in Greenville. The plants produce about 2.7 billion gallons of ethanol a year. Federal officials say more is needed.

David Waide, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, said now is the time for Mississippi to develop an ethanol industry before neighboring states seize the opportunity.

"You know, the early bird always gets the worm," Waide said. "It'll mean a lot to the rural areas of the state."

Kentucky and Florida are the only southern states that have ethanol plants, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

Last week, E.O.H. Energy LLC announced it is building a $58 million ethanol plant in Greenville.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said the state's first ethanol plant is "an opportunity to grow a business from the ground up."

The plant is set to open in the fall of 2004.

Mississippi Development Authority executive director Bob Rohrlack said the state should aggressively pursue ethanol producers.

"I think it is wonderful. Just about every community in the Delta has expressed an interest. Some are more prepared than others. Some are a little further in the competition," Rohrlack said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

"There are three communities, right now, that are aggressively working on projects. I don't want to get into who and where, but they're being really aggressive."

Rohrlack said the MDA is, "in constant communication and working with (the communities) making sure that they are in a competitive spot."

 

 

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