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Lawmakers Fuel Talk of Local Ethanol Plant

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Plans for an ethanol plant in Burleson County have been stranded at the starting line for months.

But the latest white house push for alternative fuels...may get the feds to finally drop the green flag.

From his Burleson County farm, Barney Homeyer is listening closely to Congress when it comes to Ethanol.

Homeyer followed in his father's footsteps when he became a farmer.

His corn, is mostly sold as feed.

But gas may be the key to opening up a whole new market for Homeyer.

"A lot of times the price hasn't been good but this would give you a better option," said Homeyer.

Ethanol is used as an additive for gasoline, but it's made from corn or milo.

Something local farmers have plenty of.

For years, there's been talk of building an Ethanol plant in Central Texas possibly Caldwell.

And now that lawmakers are talking about requiring states to use the additive, the idea looks even sweeter.

"Good things take time and with this new bill that's an extra boost," said Homeyer.

The $55 million plant may also be a good investment because similar plants across the country have been able to make up their costs within years of opening.

Judge Mike Sutherland says stake holders have been waiting for Washington before making any plans.

And because it looks favorable for Ethanol, interest has been renewed for the local plant.

Still, no action has been taken.

"It's sort of like we have a football game, we're ready to play, we just need someone to grab the ball and get the game started," said Sutherland.

President Bush has asked Congress to send him an energy bill by August first, including a recommendation about the use of Ethanol.