- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Mississippi River towboat’s brand-new diesel engines are the latest symbol of an effort to transform some of the heaviest machinery around Minnesota to cut pollution.

The 56-foot Becky Sue got what amounts to a heart transplant this week when a pair of 600-horsepower diesels were lowered into her hull.

The new engines will burn much cleaner than the old clankers, Minnesota Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1Kzi4rN ). They were subsidized by the Minneapolis-based Environmental Initiative and by Flint Hills, the owner of the oil refinery in Rosemount.

Mike Harley is executive director of the nonprofit Environmental Initiative. Its Project Green Fleet just finished retrofitting more than 3,000 Minnesota school buses.

Harley says they’re now moving on to the heavy-duty diesel equipment that powers construction equipment, marine engines, railroad equipment and more.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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