Jet fuel company looking to secure Twin Cities trash

By WEEK Producer

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- An alternative jet fuel production company is hoping to secure the Twin Cities' residential garbage and yard waste, in order to secure private financing for a waste-to-jet fuel plant in McLean County.

Paradigm BioAviation presented its $120 million plan to the Bloomington City Council Monday evening. The facility would be used to transform solid waste to green power and fuel for transportation and aviation use.

The company's CEO says this process fits within the Twin Cities dedication to going green.

"We are not throwing a lot of things out into the atmosphere. We are not burning anything. This is a gasification to reform carbon. It is not burning something to get the heat out of it," said Alan Robinson, CEO of Paradigm BioAviation.

The plant would employ about 100 people, but Paradigm believes it will create at least 760 direct and indirect jobs.

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