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Monroe County Serves As Inspiration For Trucking Jobs Missouri Trucking jobs Missouri have always been committed to the environment in every sense of the word, now they’re looking to New York for motivation. Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, which surrounds Rochester, is heading the way. The county has 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them. “We’re the real deal,” he says of the county’s alternative fuels program, which has won several “green fleet” awards from national organizations. “We’re not just talking about it, we’re really doing it. Our executive, Maggie Brooks, is all for alternative fuels, to get off foreign oil.” There are also financial benefits. Most of the fuels cost less than straight petroleum products, and Monroe County has taken advantage of grant money, obtained through the CMAQ (congested mitigated air quality) division of the regional Clean Cities program, to pay for expensive fueling stations. Rose is on the local Clean Cities board of directors. “You have to be in touch with your Clean Cities organization,” he says. “Keep in touch with those people and they’ll navigate you through your resources and how to upfit your vehicles.” Trucking jobs Missouri have already begun taking the necessary steps towards the transformation. Monroe County operates a Green fuel station that it shares with the city of Rochester, where it stocks E20 and E85 ethanol-gasoline blends, plus B20 (a 20-80 mix of biofuel and diesel) for use in warmer weather to feed diesel engines, and B5 when temperatures turn cold. One challenge is to make sure that engine builders approve the higher biodiesel blend, Brooks says. CNG is dispensed with a two-hose fast-fill pump, but Rose has mixed feelings about natural gas. It’s clean, plentiful and cheap, he says, but a CNG tank and dispenser are very expensive, and are doable only because grant money pays for most of their cost. Those grant funds made it possible to buy another CNG installation, which is planned to be a second city-county fueling station. However, in Brooks’ opinion, “liquid propane is the real ticket.” “Know what makes it inexpensive? It’s the infrastructure. A CNG fueling station costs more than $1 million. For pennies on those dollars you can get a complete propane fueling station. It’s a simple steel tank with a little pump on it.” Propane storage tanks and those on the trucks operate at less than 200 pounds per square inch, compared to 3,600 psi for a full CNG tank. Thus a propane tank, while still a pressure vessel, is far cheaper, he points out. Trucking jobs Missouri can be found looking to Monroe County for inspiration and the means by which to implement.
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