The Washington House of Representatives has taken biodiesel one step
closer to reality in that state, approving a Senate version of a bill that
would create a renewable fuel standard for the use of biofuels.
The bill is identical to one sponsored by Rep. Janea Holmquist, R-Moses
Lake, that was approved by the House in early February.
According to a press release from Holmquist’s office, both measures
would require that 2 percent of Washington’s consumption of gasoline and diesel
be ethanol and biodiesel by Dec. 1, 2008.
In addition, the measures call for 20 percent of the fuel used by state
agencies to be biodiesel.
Holmquist said that, while the Senate has not yet approved the
measures, she wanted to get them through the House to save time.
“Apparently, there is a backlog of bills in the Senate that are coming
against a deadline,” she said in a statement. “In order to save this
legislation, it was decided to move the Senate bill through the House with an
amendment prepared for the legislation I introduced.”
The bill is now headed to the Senate for final approval.