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Campus Notebook: Gassing Up

Congressional vehicles now have an environmentally friendly place to fill their tank: a private ethanol fueling station run by the Architect of the Capitol.

[IMGCAP(1)]The AOC built the station, which opened Monday and is near the Capitol Power Plant, as part of an effort to reduce the Capitol’s carbon footprint.

“We support Congress in leading its national effort to conserve energy, and as stewards of the Capitol complex, we will continue to do our part to make this goal a reality,” acting Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers said in a statement.

All legislative branch agencies will be able to use the station for official vehicles. The fuel is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The AOC and the House Chief Administrative Officer have made several changes in the past few years to make the House more environmentally friendly, including switching more of the Capitol Power Plant over to natural gas.

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