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BEND, Ore. -- Deschutes County commissioners approved a company's plan to convert waste from a southeast Bend landfill into diesel fuel.

The California energy firm -- Waste to Energy Group -- has been negotiating with the county for more than two years to install a steam boiler and fuel collection system at the Knott Landfill.

The company plans to inject steam under the landfill surface, speeding up waste decomposition. It will then transform the methane gas beneath the surface into liquid fuel.

The Bend Bulletin reports the project won't get going for at least another year because it needs environmental and land use reviews.

Some neighbors are worried about noise and pollution.

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