As reported by the Oregonian on Tuesday, October 9th, Pacific Ethanol opened the first ethanol production facility in Oregon last week. Ethanol is a biofuel additive to gasoline.
The Columbia plant, located in Boardman, is capable of producing up to 40 million gallons of ethanol each year. The plant went on line just in time for Portland's deadline for all gasoline dispensed by fuel vendors (including gas stations) to contain 10% ethanol by November 1st.
The use of ethanol will have no adverse effect on car engines, and will reduce dependence on imported oil, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emmissions.
Ethanol is derived from plants like corn, that are high in sugars. There is concern that increased demand will reduce availability of crops for animal feed and human food. This may be a legitimate concern, but scientists are already exploring alternative sources of sugars to produce ethanol.
To be sure that your gasoline contains ethanol, look for "E10 Ethanol Blend" labels at the pump.
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Bureau of Development Services