NYC’s Secret Weapon in Pollution War: Cooking Oil

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cooking-oilNew York City’s 10,000 worst-polluting buildings will have to clean up their act – perhaps by using cooking oil! – under legislation announced yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

A bill expected to be approved Thursday by the council will require No. 4 heating oil’s sulfur content to be cut in half, to 1,500 parts per million, by Oct. 1, 2012.

Plus, Nos. 4 and 6 heating oils will have to be at least 2 percent biodiesel by that date.

In many cases, the cleaner fuel will contain cooking oil recycled from the city’s 24,000 restaurants. Paul Pullo, president of Metro Fuel, said a biodiesel plant he’s opening next year in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will be able to process used cooking oil.

The Doe Fund, a homeless-services nonprofit, has contracted to pick up the discarded oil and deliver it to the plant.

Bloomberg put biodiesel’s cost at 3 to 5 cents a gallon higher than that of conventional oil. But, he noted, the “tradeoff” in reducing pollution makes it a no-brainer.

{NY Post/Matzav.com Newscenter}

1 COMMENT

  1. “Bloomberg put biodiesel’s cost at 3 to 5 cents a gallon higher than that of conventional oil. But, he noted, the “tradeoff” in reducing pollution makes it a no-brainer.”
    Somehow, obligating people to pay more for some kind of ‘public good’ is always a ‘no brainer’, but when it comes to allocating or spending public funds, our voices aren’t heard – or simply ignored.

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