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The National Academy of Sciences' report on the sustainability of algae biofuels highlights concerns that have already been resolved, industry heads said yesterday.


NAS released a comprehensive report yesterday, identifying potential issues of sustainability in the burgeoning algal biofuels industry. In its report, NAS measured the resources needed to produced 39 billion liters -- or 5 percent of American transportation fuel -- highlighting the low energy output.


Companies are already recycling potentially polluting nutrients and using water that is too salty or too dirty for other uses. Sustainability is a priority, but so are economics, said John Williams, a spokesman for the Algae Biomass Organization.