Washington state energy from ag waste project considered for federal funding

BENTON CITY, Wash. _ A biomass pellet gasification project in eastern Washington state may receive $1 million in federal funding.

The money was included in the Senate's 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill passed Tuesday by the Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee. The bill goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

The money will help the port of Benton build a demonstration facility for a biomass project using pellets from agricultural waste from the region from such crops as grapes, hops and mint. Nearly two million tons of agriculture waste is produced each year in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Walla Walla and Klickitat counties.

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