EPA’s Latest Action to Increase Use of Biodiesel
Washington--The Environmental Protection Agency set the 2013 volume of biodiesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets at 1.28 billion gallons.
The action comes under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which established the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standards program. EISA specifies a one- billion-gallon minimum volume requirement for the biomass-based diesel category for 2012 and beyond. It also calls on EPA to increase the volume requirement after consideration of environmental, market and energy-related factors. Friday’s final action follows careful review of the many comments and additional information received since EPA proposed the volume last spring.
“Today, we are importing less foreign oil than we have in nearly two decades and we are creating jobs by producing more of our energy here at home,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Friday during a plant tour of Iowa’s AGP Biodiesel.