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Now we can add tax breaks to the long list of valuable byproducts that come from the kraft pulping process. Several paper companies revealed last week that they have received or will receive millions of dollars from the U.S. government this year for using black liquor, a kraft-pulp byproduct, to power their plants. In an odd twist on the concept of alternative fuels, they have to add a conventional fuel, such as diesel, to the black liquor to qualify for the government handouts.

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