On September 12, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Central Regional Clean Cities Workshop gathered to celebrate more than 10 years of biodiesel use in the U.S. national parks system.

At the event, three panelists spoke on the benefits as well as challenges that were overcome. USB director Chuck Myers highlighted the importance of the milestone because it demonstrated that biodiesel could be used successfully in daily operations even in one of the harshest climates in the U.S. Jim Evanoff, Yellowstone National Park environmental manager, noted that the biodiesel project has reduced the park's fleet's carbon dioxide emissions by 500 tons annually. And Ernie Oakes, Clean Cities' projects manager, added that they "dispelled the myth" that the smell of biodiesel would attract grizzly bears.

Congratulations, Yellowstone. And here's to another 10 years of reducing harmful emissions.

[Source: Biodiesel Magazine]


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