Fuel bill clears Assembly committee

An Assembly bill voted out of committee last week would require all heating oil sold in New York State contain at least 2 percent biodiesel — that’s fuel derived from renewable agricultural products — by 2016. Long Island Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, said the bill would help improve air quality by cutting carbon dioxide and toxins emitted during the burning of traditional heating oil.

Biofuel has been used in heating oil in New York City for at least two years as part of the city’s Clean Heat Program. Advocates of the Assembly bill, including NYPIRG and the New York League of Conservation Voters, say the use of 2 percent biodiesel can cut emissions of carbon dioxide and what are called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by as much as 2 percent for the average home for essentially the same price.