EPA Rule Mandates Increased Biodiesel Production in 2013
On September 14, EPA announced it will require 1.28 billion gallons of bio-based diesel production in 2013, finalizing a standard it proposed more than a year ago. The final volume is an increase from the 1 billion gallons that EPA required in 2012. EPA had originally proposed the 1.28-billion gallon standard levels for 2013 in June 2011, but delayed finalizing the rule until it further reviewed all comments and stakeholder input. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel made largely from soybean oil, used cooking oil, and animal fats. Congress established biomass-based biodiesel production mandates under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.