A new study by the National Biodiesel Board shows that making the switch to biodiesel will help with things such as a decrease in risk of cancer, fewer premature deaths, and fewer asthma attacks. To find this, they conducted research at 13 sites across the nation that are regularly exposed to high rates of petroleum diesel pollution.
The researchers found that when they switched to 100% biodiesel in the home and in transportation, they saw immediate community health benefits, which also means lower medical costs.
Some of the details of the health benefits found were a 45% reduction in cancer risk when heavy-duty trucks use B100 and an 86% reduction in risk when using biodiesel to heat the home. Some other yearly benefits were 203,000 fewer asthma attacks, 46,000 fewer sick days, and $3 billion less in health care costs.
“This study quantifies the health benefits and shows that by using renewable fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel, we are bringing positive change to people’s lives, the nation’s health, and the economy,” National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen said.