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Doe Run Plants Biofuel Crop as Test Program to Restore Mine Tailings Sites

Submitted by on August 8, 2012 – 2:15 pmNo Comment

(Yahoo!/PRWeb)  The Doe Run Company is participating in a pilot project with MFA Oil Biomass LLC and Missouri University of Science and Technology to plant Miscanthus grass to help transform mine tailings sites into potential biofuel crop sites.

The Doe Run Company is participating in a pilot project with MFA Oil Biomass LLC and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) to help transform mine tailings sites into potential biofuel crop sites. In April, Doe Run planted a test plot of 11 acres of Miscanthus grass at the company’s current Viburnum, Mo., Mine 28 tailings site. If the test plot grows successfully, Doe Run intends to plant additional acres next year at other closed tailings sites.

…Miscanthus is proven to be one of few plants that can thrive in challenging soil conditions, such as tailings, which are the ground-up rock byproducts created when separating metal from ore during mining and milling. Miscanthus crops have been in development for 30 years as commercially-harvested fuel crops and produce more biomass per acre than any other energy crop, yielding up to 15 feet of growth per year as a mature plant. Because it is not needed as a food source, Miscanthus offers an alternative to other biofuel crops, such as corn and soybeans. Miscanthus roots also penetrate deep into the soil and deposit nutrients, which restores soil over a 20- to 30-year span.  READ MORE

 

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