Peoria, Ill., may be home to a new $40 million biodiesel plant that intends to use the pennycress weed as biofuel to sidestep the debate over using food for fuel. Biodiesel Manufacturers intends to build the facility that would produce 45 million gallons of fuel per year. "We look to develop a crop that won't conflict with the food chain," said Sudhir Seth, the president and chief executive officer of Biodiesel.

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