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EPA approves camelina oil as a feedstock

EPA's proposal shows that biodiesel produced from camelina oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared with diesel fuel.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released the following statement after the EPA published a proposed rule approving camelina oil as a feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2):

"Biodiesel's evolving feedstock diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and we're pleased to see the EPA recognizing camelina as yet another feedstock that meets the agency's standards as an Advanced Biofuel," said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board. "As it has with other biodiesel feedstocks such as animal fats, recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and canola oil, the EPA's proposal shows that biodiesel produced from camelina oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared with diesel fuel. This is good news for our industry and will give biodiesel plants another tool in the toolbox as they continue producing record quantities of America's Advanced Biofuel."

Biodiesel is America's first Advanced Biofuel - a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is creating good-paying jobs, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum and improving our environment. It is produced in nearly every state in the country and supported more than 39,000 U.S. jobs in 2011 while replacing roughly 1 billion gallons of petroleum diesel. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, it is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel. Biodiesel can be used in existing diesel engines and meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751.

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