The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an increase in the biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) from 1 billion gallons in 2012 to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, a move supported and welcomed by the American Soybean Association (ASA).

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and requires a minimum of one billion gallons of biomass-based diesel each year from 2013-2022, with EPA discretion to set the volume higher.

In a statementsupporting the announcement, ASA pointed out the multiple benefits of the increased RFS volumes including expanding market for soybean farmers, increasing soybean meal supplies to our valued partners in the livestock industry for use as feed, as well as creating jobs, reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and providing environmental benefits.

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