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Florida School District Switches Fleet to Biodiesel

December 15, 2005

BRADENTON, Fla. --- The Manatee County School District is now using biodiesel to power its bus fleet and other district vehicles -- a reflection of growing interest in the alternative fuel.According to the Herald newspaper, the district has 254 buses and more than 50 other vehicles that have been operating on a biodiesel fuel consisting of 80 percent diesel fuel and 20 percent soy bean oil. The district began testing the fuel on Nov. 12. Don Ross, supervisor of vehicle maintenance for the school district, told the newspaper that the switch to biodiesel should save the district $40,000 over the course of the next year.
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