If you drive a truck in Minnesota you may have noticed a recent change at the gas station. The amount of renewable diesel fuel at the pumps increased from a 2 percent biodiesel mix (B2) to a 5 percent mix (B5). The American Lung Association in Minnesota reports this will reduce harmful vehicle emissions to the equivalent of taking more than 55,000 cars off the road. The change is part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s plan to make Minnesota the first state in the nation to require B20 by the year 2015.
The public-announcement event was held in Eagan last Friday, featuring comments by Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson, Assistant Commissioner of Commerce Jim Pearson, President of the Minnesota Trucking Association John Hausladen, and Kelly Marczak of the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
Read more about Minnesota and biofuels in this Community Voices piece by Robert Moffitt of the American Lung Association in Minnesota.