BP Develops Improved Ethanol, Hasn't Spilled It Yet in General E85 Discussions Posted January 7, 2011 · Report reply Interesting the small improvements R&D can make to a process that has been in use for many years. Like the internal combustion engine, been around for a long time. Lot of folks think, nothing new to be invented, time to change power plant. Now, when motivated by market demands we learn of technology improvement just about every day. Hopefully, we can keep the improvement ball rolling. Really, bad when management of these ethanol plants batten the hatches and try to recoup as much investor money as possible while possible. Hopefully, the restrictions to their success can be mitigated. Better to simplify their challenges and keep the politics of exploiting central control to minimum i.e. permitting process, Sierra Club, ginned up concerns for public fear. Michigan, probably as all states have a permitting process problem as local municipalities have no clue. They look to obstruct process plant process to stay out of political trouble. Feds, could work to standardize and simply the requirements. No need to invent ever more requirements and delays as this process is not new at least to some.