Paragould Democrat's Biodiesel Legislation Expected in Current Session

JANUARY 29, 2007 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Operators of diesel-engine vehicles in Arkansas would have only one option for fuel...biodiesel...if a planned measure is approved by the state Legislature.  The bill is intended to help fuel the alternative energy effort in Arkansas.

State Senator Robert Thompson of Paragould says he plans to file legislation this week requiring service stations to stop selling regular petroleum diesel and sell only biodiesel.

Currently, only about 30 biodiesel pumps operate in the state.  That's according to Steven Danforth, co-founder of Agri Process Innovations, which provides engineering and technical support for the agricultural industry.

Danforth said that, to boost biodiesel consumption, the product will have to be transformed from a specialty to a mainstream fuel.

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