WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fuel Frontiers Inc., a subsidiary of Nuclear Solutions Inc. that was formerly known as Future Fuels Inc., announced today that it has retained the consulting services of ethanol expert Douglas A. Durante.



"Doug Durante has played an instrumental role in developing the ethanol market and has been the leading ethanol proponent at both the government and private sector levels since the early days of the corn-based programs," said FFI President Jack Young. "FFI's management has had a 20-year association with Mr. Durante and his firm in areas of energy and the environment, and we welcome expanding this in support of our ethanol program. He will work at the policy level and with federal and state agencies to ensure that FFI receives the best program support. At the same time, he will help FFI organize our ethanol projects."



Durante has more than 25 years of experience working with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies such as the Departments of Energy and Agriculture as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the fields of energy, transportation, the environment, and public works projects related to alternative fuels, coal slurry pipelines, international trade, agriculture, and tax policy. He is president of Durante Associates Inc. in Washington, D.C., and the founder and executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition.



Durante will continue to lead the coalition, which attracts a broad-based membership of ethanol, automotive, agricultural, and engineering organizations from throughout the country in support of clean transportation fuels such as renewable ethanol.



"I have been involved with the ethanol industry since its inception in the late 1970s, and I very much look forward to applying my knowledge in policy, marketing and overall project development on a consulting basis toward assisting FFI enter the ethanol market," Durante said.



FFI proposes to implement commercially available and proven technology to transform low-value, end-of-life carbonaceous waste materials -- such as waste coal, used tires, wood wastes, raw sewage, biomass, municipal solid waste, discarded corn stalks and other agricultural by-products -- into high-value, environmentally friendly, clean-burning ethanol.



FFI is planning a 52 million gallon waste-to-ethanol production facility in Toms River, N.J., for which it has already secured land, environmental permits, feedstock sources suitable for conversion into ethanol, a ten year ethanol purchase contract, and preliminary approval for an $84 million bond authorization from the state of New Jersey.



Its global strategic alliance agreement with Connecticut-based Startech Environmental Corp. provides FFI access to Startech's innovative, proven and proprietary Plasma Converter(TM) System. This will enable FFI's planned facility to transform the feedstock materials into ethanol. FFI's Toms River facility will become the prototype for launching additional facilities at other potential sites domestically and internationally.



SOURCE: Nuclear Solutions Inc. via Market Wire.