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U.S. Steel Moving to Biodiesel in Gary

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Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman today joined officials of U.S. Steel to announce the company’s Gary Works is phasing in the use of biodiesel in their fleet. Currently 85 pieces of equipment use a blend of soy-based biodiesel and diesel fuel. By the end of July, nearly 150 pieces of equipment, including loaders, dump trucks, flatbeds and Bobcats, will be fueled by B5 biodiesel. The fleet uses an average of 7,000 gallons of fuel a week.

“Moving to B5 biodiesel is one of the ways U.S. Steel is leading by example to improve the environment and promote alternative energy,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “I encourage other manufacturing companies to join them and take advantage of our Hoosier homegrown energy for their transportation and manufacturing needs.”

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled restaurant greases. It can be used as a diesel fuel or mixed with regular diesel fuel and can be used in any diesel vehicle. Biodiesel comes in a variety of blends from B2, which is a two percent blend, to B20, which is a 20 percent blend.

B5 biodiesel is a blend of five percent soy-based biodiesel and 95 percent traditional diesel fuel. The conversion to B5 began in April 2007 at the Gary Works. U.S. Steel has tested B5 biodiesel in plant locomotives with great success. The company plans to transition to B10 biodiesel for this equipment in two to three months.

"We are pleased that Gary Works has been able to take a leadership role in Northwest Indiana by implementing biodiesel in our mobile equipment fleet, “said Mike William, General Manager of U.S. Steel Gary Works. “Environmental stewardship is a core value at U. S. Steel, and the efficient and cost effective use of a renewable and cleaner fuel like biodiesel in our fleet meets our goal, and is the right thing to do."

U. S. Steel is currently looking to build on the success at Gary Works by using biodiesel throughout the company, beginning with facilities in the United States. The move to B5 biodiesel at the Gary Works came with the assistance of South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. of northern Indiana. South Shore Clean Cities is a nonprofit organization facilitating the creation of a sustainable alternative transportation fuels industry in Northern Indiana.

“U.S. Steel’s move to this biofuels program is directly in line with our overall clean up efforts in the City of Gary,” said Mayor Rudy Clay. “In Gary, we are doing great things, and to have a corporate neighbor that is concerned about our environment and our community’s future as we are, is the type of corporate citizen every city needs.”

“We are very proud to be part of promoting Indiana's homegrown fuels and making our state and country less dependent on foreign oil,” said Carl Lisek, Executive Director of South Shores Clean Cities, Inc. “This initiative falls right in line with South Shores’ founding principle, of working together for common goals to accomplish our nation’s objectives.”

Comprised of both steelmaking and finishing facilities, Gary Works is one of five integrated steelmaking facilities U.S. Steel operates in the United States. Sheet products, hot strip mill plate products, and tin products are manufactured at Gary Works. Hot rolled, cold rolled, and galvanized sheet products are produced for customers in the automotive, metal building components, home construction and appliance markets.

Gary Works produces electrolytic tinplate and black plate tin mill products used to manufacture food and beverage containers, aerosol cans, paint cans and pails.

[source: U.S.Steel]

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