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International Falls area gets money to study trash-to-fuel plant

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International Falls area gets money to study trash-to-fuel plant
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It's called plasma gasification, but that seems to be a fancy name for a plant that will turn garbage into fuel. And Koochiching County -- way up north by International Falls -- is getting $1 million to see if it works.

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The money is part of the omnibus appropriations bill, says the International Falls Daily Journal. Sen. Amy Klobuchar gets credit for steering the money to the Falls.

The goal: "convert municipal solid wastes into energy and other marketable by-products in an environmentally sound manner." The money will be used to "conduct a feasibility study to assess technical, economic and environmental matters."

The feasibility study for the proposed project is about halfway complete, according to County Commissioner Mike Hanson.

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