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Minnesota raises mandated biodiesel requirements

Local business owner is concerned the changes will negatively affect his business.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 9:21 PM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 9:21 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. --
"I want the consumer to make their choice. I want them to be informed - that's all I can do. The consumer has more power to fight this than I do," says Terry Throndson, owner of Throndson Oil and LP Gas.

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Beginning May 1st, Minnesota will require 20% biodiesel to be blended with between the months of April through the end of September. Previously, only 10% biodeisel was mandated.

From October through March, only 5% is required.

Throndson says that because biodiesel is more expensive, it's going to cause increases in prices for himself and consumers. He is writing letters to legislatures expressing his concern for the new mandate.

"If they know what's going in this fuel, they should be upset," says Throndson. He explains he wants consumers to be informed about what is going into their tanks, and to have the choice of what fuel they use.

According the the U.S. Department of Energy, 100% biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 74% compared to petroleum diesel.

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