Cooking oil could power area buses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State University and Alabama agriculture officials are partnering in a study to find out if used cooking oil from Montgomery County school cafeterias can be used to run the system's buses.

Starting this fall, Alabama State students will collect cooking oil from the cafeterias, turn it into biodiesel and use it to run buses in a pilot program.

Students at the schools will also be encouraged to bring used oil from their homes.

Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, Alabama State president William Harris and interim Montgomery schools superintendent Clay Slagle announced the project Wednesday.

Montgomery schools spokeswoman Mona Davis said the system spends more than $1 million on fuel each year, so being able to use biodisel would make a big difference.

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