The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took action to establish the amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013. EPA’s action sets the 2013 volume at 1.28 billion gallons under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) which established the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standards program, which is up from around 1.0 billion gallons in 2012.
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EISA specifies a one billion gallon minimum volume requirement for the biomass-based diesel category for 2012 and beyond. The law also calls on EPA to increase the volume requirements after consideration of environmental, market, and energy-related factors. Today’s final action follows careful review of the many comments and additional information received since EPA proposed the volume in 2011.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today applauded President Obama for approving the increase, saying it will provide much needed marketplace certainty and promote the continued growth of domestic advanced biofuels production and green jobs.