State Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake praised new regulations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency worked out for ethanol plants to produce a much-needed product on this past weekend’s KMRS Legislator’s Corner program.

“The PCA has made it much more flexible and easy for hand sanitizers to be processed in our ethanol plants here in Minnesota as a voluntary option,” said Westrom. “But hopefully that will help meet some of those needs and be another product that ethanol plants can mix into their portfolio.”

Westrom noted that hand sanitizers are in high demand and its manufacture uses many of the same processes currently in place in many of the state’s ethanol plants. Westrom said it was a “great scenario” for ethanol producers, as they need another outlet for their product with margins tight and oil prices down.

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