Blagojevich favors ethanol research center expansion
By AP / KWMU
Edwardsville, IL – Blagojevich has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy arguing against using federal money to build a new ethanol research plant.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor makes a case in the letter that the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville should be upgraded instead.
The three-year-old research center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was built in part with $14 million in federal money.
Public and private groups use the center to test ethanol technology.
The governor says in the letter that a new plant would be redundant and a waste of money.