Trone and USDA official highlight use of alternative fuels

April 13—US Representative David Trone likes to show off his district to executive branch officials.

In September, the two-term congressman brought US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to visit the Frederick County Career and Technology Center, and in October, Trone and US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough visited the site. of a Veterans Center in Frederick.

Tuesday, Throne, D-Dist. 6, hosted Xochitl Torres Small, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for rural development, at events in Washington, Frederick, and Montgomery counties, including a visit to a townhouse in Spring Ridge that was purchased by the Interfaith Housing Alliance through a USDA Rural Development Grant.

Trone and Torres Small’s second stop in Frederick was at a Royal Farms store along Monocacy Boulevard, where they promoted a USDA grant program to increase the use of renewable fuels.

The Higher Blends infrastructure incentive program will install 110 pumps at 17 stations in Maryland and Delaware, aiming to increase the amount of ethanol – a fuel additive made from corn and other plant materials – more than 40 million gallons per year.

By increasing infrastructure to increase sales of renewable fuels, the program lowers costs and increases energy independence, while supporting the Biden administration’s goal to reduce emissions and address climate change, Torres said. Small.

Despite the rising costs of a storage tank and additional pumps, Royal Farms felt this was a product that could set them apart from their competitors, said Tom Ruszin, the company’s fuel and environment manager. ‘business.

With Russia’s war in Ukraine affecting the flow of Russian oil and Saudi Arabia no longer producing, the United States cannot control the global gas situation, Trone said.

“We live in a global market,” he said.

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