EPA honors Willie for his devotion to biodiesel

| 4/18/2006

Willie Nelson can now add an award of a different kind to the host of musical honors he has accrued during his long career.

On April 18 Nelson was among those honored by Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency at its eighth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

According to an EPA press release, Nelson was honored for helping open the first biodiesel station in California.

Nelson’s BioWillie brand of biodiesel went on sale in February at RTC, an alternative fueling station located at Pearson Ford in San Diego.

Wayne Nastri, EPA regional administrator, presented a plaque to Nelson and said that he and the other honorees “set an example for all of us to follow,” according to a press release.

Nearly 40 awards were handed out in all to state and local governments, organizations and individuals in Region 9, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and tribal lands.