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Wendell Jenkins, the guy building a $4.2 million bio-diesel plant in Northeast D.C., appeared before D.C. Council on Monday in the hopes of inking a deal to provide the local government with fuel made from recycled restaurant grease. WRC-TV via WAMU has the full details.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group, owners of Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, among other area eateries, is one of the companies that plan to supply Jenkins with used oil from its fryers.

D.C. Department of Public Works director Bill Howland, though, is skeptical, the station reports: “Howland said while he would love to use bio-diesel – in part to satisfy alternative fuel requirements – he needs more time and more data to make sure bio-diesel is reliable, particularly for public safety vehicles.”

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