Marty Borruso, CEO of Fuel:Bio, formally announced the recent opening of the largest biodiesel production facility on the East Coast. The facility, located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is expected to produce 50 million gallons of biodiesel per year, making a large effort to reduce emissions and help the nation reduce its consumption of costly imported gasoline.
Borruso was joined by many state and local officials in making the announcement. Senior representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Congressman Albio Sires, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, New Jersey BPU Commissioner Jeanne Fox, New Jersey DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson, Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen, and New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Cryan were all in attendance.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to explore new technologies and use pollution prevention and intelligent scientific approaches to drive an economically sound strategy for the future,” said Borruso.
“The 20th district has always been at the forefront of environmentally friendly initiatives, from advancing legislation to clean up hazardous waste sites to the opening of the biodiesel facility today,” said Senator Lesniak. “It is no surprise that Fuel:Bio selected Elizabeth as the site of this plant.”
The biodiesel production plant is fully automated. The facility is housed within a two-acre site in an urban enterprise zone on the New York Harbor Waterway. The site offers distribution by truck, rail, or barge. Fuel:Bio reports that the facility is “carbon-negative” meaning the facility actually results in a reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The plant is also “energy positive,” meaning it produces more energy than it uses. The facility, able to produce 100 gallons of biodiesel per minute, is the first of ten planned production facilities located on the East Coast.
“We are proud that Fuel:Bio selected Elizabeth as the site of this plant,” said Mayor Bollwage. “As our region grows and the demand for energy increases, facilities like this one will lead the way in the production of alternative fuels essential to helping save our environment.”
“Beyond the environmental incentives, this facility will also create new jobs in our community,” said Assemblyman Cryan.