Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act introduced in House

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House aims to cut through red tape at EPA to help boost production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels.

The Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act, co-authored by Illinois Democrat Cheri Bustos and Minnesota Republican Jim Hagedorn, is said to target greenhouse gas emissions and encourage low-carbon fuels.

Hagedorn says by forcing EPA to make timely decisions on the dozens of cellulosic biomass requests under the RFS, a low-carbon, renewable fuel supply that’s more environmentally friendly can be achieved.

Bustos says reducing greenhouse gases while investing in biofuels means steps must be taken to support producers that want to utilize every available fuel source.

Brooke Coleman with the Advanced Biofuels Business Council says there are dozens of applications under perpetual review at EPA, freezing the commercial deployment of low-carbon cellulosic biofuels.  She suggests the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act would solve EPA’s registration problem, and calls the bill a critical piece of the puzzle.

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune and New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen carry the legislation in the Senate.

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