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Operations Restarted at Green Star Products' State-of-the-Art Wa. Plant
Monday August 17, 2011

Green Star Products announced that on July 11, 2011, Biodiesel Magazine wrote an article titled "Washington plant restarts biodiesel production, canola crushing."

The article stated: "After sitting idle for a year, Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC managed to restart production at its 8 MMgy canola-based biodiesel facility, including an adjacent canola crushing plant, in Odessa, Washington."

The article further stated: "The plant resumed production in June and held an open house for industry and community members in July to commemorate the opening. [Also on site is] the canola crush facility, which can crush about 90 to 100 tons of canola per day.

"The Inland Empire Oilseeds plant first came online in November 2008. The company is a vertically integrated company and sources its feedstock within Washington and neighboring states of Oregon and Idaho, crushes seed and produces its own biodiesel."

Green Star presently owns a 10% interest in the biodiesel plant and crushing facilities at Odessa. However, present owners will probably experience a reduction in participation to attract additional funding.

Mr. Joseph LaStella, President of Green Star Products, commented, "Green Star Products built the biodiesel plant in 2007 and 2008. There were some initial start-up problems associated with the back end of the plant. The proprietary continuous flow reactor built by Green Star is responsible for turning raw oils and methanol catalyst through a transesterification chemical process into biodiesel. After our reactor, methanol and glycerin are removed from the chemically reacted biodiesel to achieve market certification. The Odessa plant is one of the few plants in the United States which is capable of processing raw seed grown by local farmers directly into biodiesel."

A banner which was placed at the Odessa plant in 2007 stated, "This Is Our Declaration of Energy Independence." This declaration was trademarked by Joseph LaStella.

In 2003, Mr. LaStella distributed a report called "New Generation Co-ops." This report was based on some earlier work by university professors which state that the only true way for local farmers to establish true independence from the grips of foreign oil is to take a portion of their land and grow oilseeds, either soybeans or canola. Farmers should band together and build crushing plants in association with biodiesel plants. Exactly what was done in Odessa, Washington.

Approximately 90% of all the biodiesel plants in the United States do not have crushing facilities and are totally dependent on often irrationally high international vegetable oil prices.

Mr. LaStella stated, "Such a plant should be looked at by the local community not as an initial money making proposition but as an insurance policy that extends forever for local farmers so they will never be held hostage to foreign oil. If farmers produce oilseeds locally and invest in a crushing/biodiesel facility they can always obtain two things that they need: clean feed for their livestock and most importantly they will always have fuel to run their tractors and other farm equipment."

Mr. LaStella further remarked, "The United States has concentrated for the past ten years on producing ethanol. Farm equipment, railroads and the entire transportation industry runs on diesel not on ethanol. Therefore, we must understand that all the ethanol in the world will not keep United States' industries operating.

"Our proprietary continuous flow biodiesel reactor is the cornerstone for all the future biodiesel plants that we will build around the world."

Source: Green Star Products Inc

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