Clovis commission gives plant the go-ahead

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The Clovis City Commission has approved an agreement for a 15-year tax exemption and 25 acres of land at the city's industrial park.

The agreement is with an Australian company that plans to build a biodiesel plant near the eastern New Mexico community.

The agreement lets American Renewable Fuels move ahead with the 80 million dollar plant.

The firm expects to begin construction in March on the facility in the park south of Clovis.

Company officials have said the plant will use animal fat to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel a year.