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Sugarcane Ethanol Industry Eager to Implement U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard
Date:5/5/2009

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) welcomed today's White House announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finally publish proposed rules to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). UNICA confirmed that it would submit formal, detailed comments to the EPA in coming weeks.

UNICA President & CEO Marcos Jank said from Brazil that his organization is pleased with the decision of the Obama Administration, after months of deliberation, to let the EPA publish its draft rules to implement the 36 billion gallon biofuel standard. "Sugarcane ethanol has a verifiable reduction in greenhouse gases of 90% compared to gasoline, which makes it an 'Advanced Biofuel' under RFS guidelines," adds Jank.

Last week, the White House completed its review of the EPA proposed rules to implement the new RFS and allowed publication of the draft regulations for public comment during a 60-day period. The RFS was originally created by the U.S. Congress in 2005 but was expanded in December of 2007.

The new RFS, which the proposed EPA rules would implement, requires not only greater volumes of renewable fuels (36 billion gallons by 2022) but also that renewable fuels meet a minimum level of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, ranging from 20% to 60%. However, apparently without the knowledge of many members of Congress, the 2007 legislation determined that new RFS regulations must include so-called market-mediated effects of expanded biofuels production.

"As evidenced by the recent debate over the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California, biofuels are greatly penalized by these preliminary calculations," said UNICA Chief Representative in Washington Joel Velasco, who was in Sacramento for the final vote by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). "We know sugarcane ethanol has the lowest carbon emissions of any liquid biofuel p
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