Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi paving the way for new jobs for New Jersey workers in the expanding biodiesel industry earned approval from the General Assembly today.
“New Jersey’s geographics makes it a perfect fit for the development of local biofuel production,” said Schepisi, R- Bergen and Passaic. “The growing industry has its sites set on New Jersey, but we are one of only two states in the U.S. that does not have statutes in place for converting natural fats, greases and plants into renewable, clean biofuel in an environmentally friendly way.”
Schepisi’s bill, S-2599/A-4121 sends a signal for producers that New Jersey is open for business. Schepisi noted that the development of just one biodiesel plant can create 200 construction jobs, 35 to 40 long-term, good-paying jobs for plant employees, and more than 800 jobs in related industries like trucking and agriculture.
“The industry is experiencing rapid growth, and it is time for New Jersey to get in on the action.” said Schepisi. “The expansion of this new industry into our state will put thousands of people to work and ignite needed economic growth waterfront and track-side industrial areas.”
Schepisi’s bill now goes to the Governor’s desk to await his signature. The Senate version of the bill was approved in March.