FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
B20 Biodiesel Use Translates To $1.2M Health Cost Savings
 
BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – Jan. 22, 2018 – New calculations show an estimated $1.2 million in health cost savings for Illinois communities where B20 biodiesel fuel is used routinely in diesel vehicles.
 
The calculations come from data submitted by 15 members of the B20 Club, a partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL). B20 Club members include Illinois-based municipalities, trucking companies, fuel suppliers and other fleets that use biodiesel blends of 20 percent or more for at least six months of the year.
 
“Vehicles fueled with B20 biodiesel generate less harmful emissions that contribute to asthma, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and other health ailments,” says John DeRosa, ALAIL environmental health director. “Considering hospitalizations, lost work days and other health costs, using B20 translates into an estimated savings of $1,218,100 for the communities where B20 Club members operate.”
 
ALAIL compiled the health cost savings estimates based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel emission quantifier (DEQ). Estimates are based primarily on biodiesel’s ability to reduce particulate matter (PM), a mixture of small particles and liquid droplets that are major components of air pollution. When inhaled, PM affects the heart and lungs and causes serious health problems.
 
As a group, the 15 B20 Club members reduce PM in their communities by a total of 1.2 tons per year. Using biodiesel also reduces carbon emissions. B20 Club members reduce carbon dioxide in their communities at a level equal to planting 295,141 trees. These fleets collectively use 6.3 million gallons of biodiesel annually to fuel 4,899 vehicles.
 
“Members of the B20 Club are clearly providing value to their communities by reducing emissions and also by using a renewable and reliable fuel that is made in Illinois,” says Rebecca Richardson, Illinois Soybean Association biodiesel lead.
 
The B20 Club was launched in 2015 to bring cleaner air to Illinois while supporting Illinois agriculture and the state economy. For more information about the B20 Club, visit www.b20club.org.
 
ISA represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit www.ilsoy.org.
 
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For more information, contact:
Rachel Peabody
217-825-7654
 
Karen Potratz
262-563-5117
262-470-3709