Columbia Boosts Bio-Diesel USe

Missouri state capitol increases use of B20 biodiesel fuel

Published: 04-Dec-2003

Columbia officials say snow-removal trucks will likely be on Columbia streets tonight with one major difference from last year. They will be fueled with a higher concentration of bio-diesel.

About 290 city vehicles today officially switched to B20, a blend of 80 percent diesel fuel with 20 percent oil made from soybeans. The blend will be used to fuel city buses, firetrucks, trash trucks and other heavy equipment.

"I am proud of Columbia for taking a leadership role in connection with bio-diesel," Mayor Darwin Hindman said in a ceremony at the Public Works Operations Center. "If cities take these significant steps, it is going to make a difference on a national level."

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