ATA supports 5 percent biodiesel

In a modification of its earlier-adopted policy on energy, the American Trucking Associations board of directors has supported the use of biodiesel in blends up to 5 percent as part of a national diesel fuel standard.

On Oct. 18, the board endorsed an energy policy that supports limited use of biodiesel. The policy revision is more specific.

“We need to look at all options for extending the supply of diesel fuel,” said ATA President Bill Graves. “Biodiesel represents an important part of a long-term energy plan designed to increase the nation’s fuel supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

ATA’s energy policy seeks a single national diesel fuel. Biodiesel meeting the accepted quality standard and blended with petroleum-based diesel in amounts up to 5 percent works in any diesel engine. In addition, biodiesel will ensure that ultra-low-sulfur diesel maintains adequate lubrication.

ATA is working with the National Biodiesel Board to promote the use of biodiesel and ensure its incorporation in the national diesel fuel standard.