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US: House panel questions future of biofuel use
Source : detnews.com
A House committee questioned the slow development of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol. In 2007, Congress required the nation to use 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2022 - including 16 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol and at least 1 billion gallons of biodiesel. But the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and this year had to "substantially reduce" requirements because of "limited production capacity", said Margo Oge, director of the EPA's office of air and radiation. The targets set by Congress were 100 million gallons for 2010 and 250 million for 2011; EPA reduced them to 6.5 million gallon for both years. Many government-supported cellulosic biorefineries have been stalled, in or delayed, including a project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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9 May 2011 |
United States & Canada
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