Wood County, West Virginia, borders the Ohio River and includes the City of Parkersburg. Its school district utilizes 120 diesel-powered buses for the daily transportation of its students.
In the process of considering switching its bus fleet to a B-20 blend of biodiesel, district officials contacted the NAFTC for assistance.
As a result, NAFTC Instructor Rich Cregar traveled to the District Transportation Center on October 24, 2005, and presented the “Biodiesel Basics” workshop to district officials including the district superintendent, board president, transportation supervisor, and shop foreman. A representative from the Agricultural and Environmental Research Station at West Virginia State University traveled to Parkersburg from the WVSU campus near Charleston, West Virginia, to attend the workshop. During the morning workshop session, many questions were asked and answered. It was agreed by the group that fuel quality was of primary concern. Rich Cregar emphasized the necessity of obtaining written evidence of ongoing ASTM-D6751 fuel quality certification as well as recommending that the chosen biodiesel producer certify its compliance with the BQ9000 quality protocols.