Washington state House passes biodiesel bill

| Monday, February 13, 2006

Washington is one step closer to joining the ranks of states setting requirements for renewable fuels.

On Friday, Feb. 10, the state’s House of Representatives passed a measure that would require 2 percent of Washington’s aggregate consumption of diesel to be biodiesel by Dec. 1, 2008.

In addition, the bill calls for all gasoline sold in the state to include at least 2 percent ethanol by the same date.

The bill would also create a biofuels advisory committee that would advise the Washington Department of Agriculture on setting the standards as well as provide rules for quality assurance.

One of the bill’s primary sponsors, Rep. Janea Holmquist, R-Moses Lake, said in a news release that the bill would serve a dual purpose, benefiting both farmers and environmentalists alike.

“This is a measure that will let environmentalists, farmers and consumers work together to support the environment, agriculture and national security,” she said.

The bill is currently under consideration by the Senate.

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