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.