Jan 13 2015

Asheville Citizen-Times

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who was state House speaker when the General Assembly shut down the center, said in an email that "the closure has had a minimal impact on the state given that in 2013, the General Assembly provided funding for the creation of the Bioenergy Research Initiative at the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which has already distributed more than $1.5 million to bioenergy development — funding that has largely been distributed in Western North Carolina." 

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