NYC skyline, photo by Geri Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill last month that calls for all heating oil used in New York City to contain 2 percent biodiesel by 2012, using plant oils or animal fats instead of crude oil.

Although 2 percent seems immaterial, the biodiesel would replace approximately 20 million gallons of petroleum that New York usually consumes annually.

The new law also requires residents and utilities use low-sulfur fuel, a cleaner burning fuel source. The bill meets one of the 14 air quality programs from PlaNYC 2030, a plan to improve New York City’s urban environment.

(READ the story in Washington Square News)

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