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Fire marshal: biodiesel plant must meet code before reopening

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A Jackson County biodiesel plant shut down after two fires moves closer to re-opening, thanks to an agreement worked out between the state fire marshal and the plant owner.

The state fire marshal said the facility must become code compliant before re-opening. Alabama Biodiesel and the state fire marshal's office reached the agreement with the blessings of the court Wednesday morning. Plant officials were asking a judge to allow them to reopen the facility located in Bridgeport.

The state issued a cease-and-desist order Aug. 20 after two fires prompted evacuations of the area, due to hazardous chemicals found on site that were not known by local first responders. Plant officials said they would suffer serious and irreparable harm if they were not allowed to reopen.

The fire marshal said they are still working on the particulars as to what needs to be completed before the plant can become operational once again, and that should be determined in the next few days.

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