Scotts Bluff Monument Van Turns Soy-Green

BluffVisitors to the Scotts Bluff National Monument will soon be smelling french fries - or think they are. The passenger van that shuttles tourists from the visitor center to the summit will be running on a blend of 20 percent biodiesel produced from soybeans and 80 percent conventional diesel. Many who have used biodiesel before have said vehicle exhaust fumes remind them of french fries.

The $47,400 federal grant received by the park will be used, in part, to pay for the cost of 500 gallons of biodiesel. The fuel decreases air pollution by reducing hydrocarbon, sodium oxides and carbon monoxide pollutants. One of biodiesel's key advantages is that its use does not require any modifications to standard diesel engines.

The fuel is expected to be used during the spring and summer tourist season. The Nebraska landmark was one of 32 national parks to receive a federal grant from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior to utilize alternative fuels in park operations.

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