July 28, 2009

sugar beet mops: radioactive biofuel

"An Irish company, Greenfield Project Management, is proposing to plant sugar beets in the area ( Belarus region contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident) and convert them into ethanol. The beets would be radioactive, but in theory, none of the dangerous material would get into the ethanol—it'd get distilled out. (Um, presumably there are ways of checking this.) The radioactive residue could then get disposed in conventional waste-treatment facilities. What's more, the beets themselves should start pulling radioactive material out of the soil..."

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