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Brattleboro switches vehicle fleet to biodiesel

July 17, 2006

By DANIEL BARLOW Southern Vermont Bureau

BRATTLEBORO – Starting this fall, about three dozen of Brattleboro’s municipal vehicles will be running on biodiesel.

The Brattleboro Select Board voted 5-0 last week to begin using the fuel, which comes from vegetable oil and burns cleaner than traditional fuel. The switchover was brokered by Brattleboro Climate Protection, a nonprofit group working with the town on energy issues.

Town officials said vehicles that already have diesel engines will be making the switch, including maintenance vehicles from the Brattleboro Public Works Department, the BeeLine bus system, fire trucks, as well as emergency vehicles operated by the ambulance service Rescue Inc.

“Switching to biodiesel is becoming a mainstream idea for municipalities,” said Paul Cameron, the executive director of Brattleboro Climate Protection. “Four years ago, there were only three large fleets using biodiesel. Now there are over 300 in the United States.”

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