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March 17, 2006

Oat Hulls

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last month approved the U of M’s request to burn biomass – specifically oat hulls – at its Twin Cities campus steam plant. Jerome Malmquist, the university’s director of energy management, says the burning of oat hulls can save the university millions in heating costs and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, while also reducing environmentally harmful green house gas emissions.

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