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EPA Boosts RFS Biomass Volumes

September 24, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Incredibly Important Decision,’ Says NBB’s Jobe

The U.S. biodiesel industry commended the Obama administration late last week for increasing the biodiesel volume requirement for next year under RFS, the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Jatropha berries, a potent source of biodiesel and other biofuels, as developed by San Diego-based SG Biofuels.

The U.S. EPA’s decision finalized a draft proposal to increase the 2013 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons, said the National Biodiesel Board, “a modest increase” from the industry’s record production of nearly 1.1 billion gallons in 2011.

The EPA decision “puts the industry on course for steady, sustainable growth in the coming years,” NBB said, citing a study indicating that the RFS increase will support more than 10,000 new jobs. “Already, the industry supports more than 39,000 jobs, with plants in nearly every state in the country,” NBB said.

‘Thousands of Jobs’

“This was an incredibly important decision, and the Obama administration got it right,” NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in his organization’s announcement. “It will allow biodiesel plants across the country to invest and expand, creating thousands of jobs…

“We applaud President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for supporting an ‘all of the above’ energy approach.”

“Encouraging production of American-made fuel brings economic development and energy security Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, said in a separate announcement. “As the nation’s leading biodiesel producer, Iowa stands to gain more jobs and economic growth from this policy,” he said.

NBB is also spreading the word that according to EPA figures, 100 million gallons of biodiesel were produced in August, with year-to-date production totaling 757 million gallons.

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Source: industry press releases

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