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NEWS: Council opposes sugar-beets ethanol plant on PEI

The Chronicle Herald reports, “Atlantec BioEnergy Corp. has moved ahead with its plan to turn sugar beets into ethanol on P.E.I., spokesman Ron Coles said Tuesday.”

“Both the Green Party of Prince Edward Island and the Council of Canadians issued protests about the demonstration plant after it was announced.”

“The company has said its demonstration plant will require about 40 hectares annually of sugar beets, and between eight and 10 jobs will be created on P.E.I. at the outset, with an additional 25 staff to be added if the technology can be sold.”

“(On Friday it was also announced that) Atlantec BioEnergy will receive $1.8 million in grants, loans and labour rebates from Innovation PEI. The demonstration plant is also receiving about $340,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for equipment.”