Ky. makes most of money back on fuel lab equipment

Kentucky has made back most of the money spent on equipment for the Department of Agriculture's now-defunct fuel lab.

Division of Surplus Property Director Danny Ford said total bids had exceeded $1.8 million by Tuesday afternoon on equipment the state had originally paid about $2 million for.

Bids had been coming in low on Monday, but quickly grew as the close of the online auction neared Tuesday afternoon. Ford said the sale was scheduled to end at 2 p.m. EDT, but that it was continuing because more bids were coming in.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer had closed the fuel lab, saying it was a waste of money, and declared the equipment surplus so that it could be sold.

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