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EPA extends comment period on renewable fuel standard

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Biofuels producers are concerned EPA could snub them.
Biofuels producers are concerned EPA could snub them.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an extension of the comment period on its rulemaking for the next renewable fuels standard until September 26. Biofuel producers have expressed concern that biodiesel and ethanol will be snubbed in the new rule.

The renewable fuel standard program will increase the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into gasoline from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

Manning Feraci, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board, has expressed industry concern that EPA, in determining the greenhouse gas profile for biodiesel, is penalizing the U.S. biodiesel industry for land use decisions made outside the U.S.

"A final rule that is based on questionable science and is structured in a manner that restricts the role of sustainable vegetable oils in the program will make it nearly impossible to meet the Advanced Biofuels goals established by statute," Ferraci said in May.

Biofuels are a major consideration in the current debate over energy legislation that has passed the House, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

John Deere, the largest farm equipment manufacturer, has approved biodiesel concentrations up to a 20 percent blend (B20) in petroleum diesel fuel in John Deere engines through Tier 3/Stage III A models.
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