Groups Applaud Agency Action Helping Displace Foreign Oil
Biofuels advocates are applauding the U.S. EPA’s approval of non-food camelina as a basis for biodiesel production and fibrous energy cane for cellulosic ethanol. The action means that the products are eligible for credits under the RFS, the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“This decision adds to the growing list of biodiesel feedstocks that meet the EPA’s standards for Advanced Biofuel and gives us yet another option for producing sustainable, domestic biodiesel that displaces imported oil,” Anne Steckel, federal affairs VP for the National Biodiesel Board, said in a release.
“We thank the EPA for conducting a thorough and fair review.”
The Biotechnology Industry Organization said that the move affirms “visible progress” by U.S, firms toward commercial production of ethanol from non-food sources.
Biodiesel Can Be Jet Fuel
“These companies have made significant, multimillion dollar investments to put steel in the ground for commercial facilities, and created thousands of new jobs,” said BIO executive VP Brent Erickson. “U.S. consumers can be assured that under the EPA rules biofuels contribute to a cleaner environment… BIO applauds EPA’s action.”
EPA’s final rule, published on February 22, also clarifies the definition of renewable diesel to explicitly include jet fuel. “This clarification offers additional market certainty and opportunity for renewable diesel producers,” the agency says.
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Source: U.S. EPA, NBB, BIO, Fleets & Fuels follow-up