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US EPA expands remit of federal biofuels mandate [Registered]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently expanded the types of fuel that can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate. This move could help bridge delayed targets for 2014 renewable fuel use, reports Reuters. The EPA finalized a plan allowing compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced using biogas from landfills, manure digesters and sewage treatment plants to qualify as cellulosic biofuel, fuel typically derived from sources like grasses and wood. Electricity generated from biogas and used to power electric vehicles would also qualify to meet the cellulosic portion of the federal biofuel mandate. “These pathways have…

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