Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Biofuel Facility Coming to Newtown Creek in Greenpoint
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
New York, NY —
The nation's largest biofuel production facility is coming to Brooklyn next spring. Metro Fuel, based in Greenpoint, says its plant on Newtown Creek will go on line in March, converting various waste products into renewable fuel. Queens councilman James Gennaro, who chairs the committee on environmental protection, says Metro Fuel's work will help his efforts to create a new mandate for home heating. "There would be biofuels blended with standard heating oil, making it a lot cleaner, a lot better for the environment, and not any more costly," Gennaro says.
This goal is shared by the Bloomberg administration, which has made introducing biofuel into the city's truck fleet part of the PlaNYC program.
Environmentalists and public health experts at the Metro site say those policy changes and more biodiesel facilities like Metro's would help the city bring down its rates of asthma and diabetes.