5 Feb 2010, 11:23pm
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NAFO Urges Congress to Expand Use of Forest Biomass for Biofuels

Changes in the law needed to fully implement the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard

National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), February 5th, 2010 [here]

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts to include forest biomass as a source of transportation fuels in its final rule implementing the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard, and called upon Congress to fix the flawed definition in the Standard excluding most renewable forest biomass from the program.

David P. Tenny, President and CEO of NAFO, said, “The EPA has taken positive steps to enable forest owners to participate in the renewable transportation fuel market. Unfortunately, the agency’s hands are tied under a statutory definition of biomass disqualifying as much as 90% of our nation’s private forests from contributing. This policy forfeits the carbon benefits of transportation fuels made from renewable forest biomass, which reduce carbon emissions by over ninety percent compared to gasoline.” … [more]

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