Biodiesel maker accused of pollution

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Biodiesel made from used cooking grease is considered "green." But the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality accuses an Iberville Parish biodiesel maker of dumping grease and glycerin - a biodiesel byproduct - into a canal behind his house.

DEQ Spokesman Tim Beckstrom says the canal behind 54-year-old Tommy M. Francise's house in Plaquemine was contaminated with grease for about 100 yards downstream and 10 yards upstream.

Beckstrom says Francise was arrested Friday on a felony charge of knowingly polluting state waters. He says the criminal investigation division asked for court orders to stop him from polluting and from storing oil and liquids at his house.

Francise does not have a listed home number and could not be reached for comment Sunday.

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