Biodiesel is Back in Alachua County
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. - After a month long production suspension the gas alternative is pumping its way back into the tanks of county vehicles.
The Alachua County Environmental Protection Dept. began exploring their biodiesel options 3 years ago.
Biodiesel produced at the Hazardous Waste Collection center is added to regular diesel fuel to create a 5 percent solution.
County vehicles running on biodiesel save about $1.50 per gallon of gas.
If the county produced even one ounce of biodiesel they are considered a wholesaler according to the Department of Revenue
Coordinator of the Hazardous Waste Center, Kurt Seaburg explains the suspension, "The county has a wholesaler that we purchase our fuel from and the department of revenue determined that there were two wholesalers, one wholesaler selling to another wholesaler which is forbidden.”
After talks with state Legisators Rick Scott signed a bill that went into effect this month making it permissible to produce biodiesel without being a wholesaler.
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