LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Officials like an Olympia man's proposal to build a plant in Longview that would turn wood waste into a hot gas to generate electricity and produce ethanol.

The state Department of Commerce selected Marc Rappaport for a $1.5 low-interest loan from federal stimulus money. And The Daily News of Longview reports the Cowlitz PUD lists his plan at the top of several possible biomass projects.

But he still needs $6 million to build a scaled-down plant to showcase his idea to investors.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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