The Bio 49 Degrees Project

Location: U.S./Canada border region

EPA is providing a $70,000 grant to the Northwest Energy Technology College and Washington Technology Center, with $280,000 in matching funds. This project will convert food waste oil into biodiesel for utility line trucks that operate along the US/Canadian Border. The project will help utilities purchase biodiesel by reducing its cost and outfitting 26 Puget Sound Energy trucks in the region. The project will also launch a public education program about biodiesel and will hire students to run the biodiesel processors as part of their class curriculum. The project will reduce emissions of particulate matter by 31 percent, carbon dioxide emissions by 24 percent, and hydrocarbons by 50 percent.

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