Auditor of the State Dave Yost’s recommendation that the Ohio Department of Transportation eliminate the legislatively-mandated use of biodiesel and go back to 100 percent petroleum diesel to save money is being called “shortsighted,” by the Ohio Soybean Association.
In an interview with Brownfield last week, OSA President Bret Davis of Delaware County said while they agree the state needs to be cost effective, the Auditor’s recommendation is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
“We would love to sit down and talk to both parties and help them understand the positive effects of biodiesel are to the economy here in Ohio,” Davis said. “And maybe help them understand how they can buy their fuel and still meet the initiative of the green fuels standard, but save the state a little bit of money.”
Davis says he doesn’t believe it’s the cost of the biodiesel, but rather the logistics and requirements in the legislative mandate that adds to the cost per gallon of biodiesel.