Rather than send tens of thousands of dollars in pollution penalties off to Washington for a 4-year-old violation of environmental laws near Bangor International Airport and the city's motor pool, Bangor officials have signed a settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to convert the city's fleet of snowplows, trucks and buses to run on clean-burning biodiesel by April 2005.The switch to a B20 blend of biodiesel will cost the city approx. 40 cents/gallon more than regular diesel but will reduce emissions of a number of air pollutants 10-20 percent. As the article points out, the increased cost (approx. $160,000/year) is primarily due to the fact that the closest high-volume biodiesel facility is in Massachusetts. The settlement agreement, along with a previous state-wide commitment from the Governor Baldacci to heat state buildings with biodiesel look to provide some significant incentives for advancing local biodiesel production and distribution in Maine.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Bangor, ME Switches to Biodiesel to Settle EPA Fines
Bangor Daily News reported recently on the city's settlement of EPA air emissions fines:
Posted by Geoff Hand, Attorney at 10:25 AM